Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries - eBook
Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries - eBook  -     By: Eric S. Christianson
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781118234976
ISBN-13: 9781118234976

Publisher's Description

Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has influenced numerous anddiverse aspects of life and thought. Ecclesiastes Through theCenturies assesses the effects of the book on the culture ofthe various times in religious, artistic, and socialcontexts.
  • Presents an innovative, reception history approach to the studyof Ecclesiastes, by tracing its influence on religion, culture,literature, art, and social thought
  • Explores a fascinating range of Jewish and Christianreadings
  • Features engaging and unusual examples from art, music,literature and history: from Thackeray and Orwell, to SalvadorDali’s Illustrated Bible, to the inflammatory exposition ofEcclesiastes at the funeral of Queen Mary
  • Published in the innovative Blackwell Bible Commentariesseries; for further information visit the series website at www.bbibcomm.net

 

Author Bio

Eric S. Christianson is an independent scholar living in theUK. He is author of A Time to Tell: Narrative Strategies inEcclesiastes (1988) and co-editor of CinémaDivinité: Religion, Theology and the Bible in Film (2005),The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology inPopular Culture (2009) and Holy Terror: UnderstandingReligion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010).

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"Christianson's study of Ecclesiastes's cultural impact is rich andrewarding. [He] beautifully exposits the material that he treats,and suggests by brief reference some other avenues of fruitfulexploration. In these ways, Ecclesiastes Through theCenturies serves both as an excellent treatment of the titletheme and a good model for other reception histories to follow. Thebook may be heartily recommended, without reservation." (Bibleand Critical Theory)

"A fundamental resource on biblical interpretation, especiallyin the modern world, this book is a winner." (InternationalReview of Biblical Studies)

"Students of Ecclesiastes have been waiting a good many yearsfor a book like Eric Christianson's study … Not since thetime of Christian David Ginsburg's magisterial commentaryCoheleth (commonly called the Book of Ecclesiastes) in 1861has there been such a thorough survey of the reception history ofEcclesiastes." (Lutheran Theological Journal)

"With the text's many difficult and provocative passages, thereception history of Ecclesiastes is always going to be moreinteresting than that of many biblical books, and in this eruditebut entertaining commentary, Christianson takes full advantage ofthe rich materials at his disposal...The introduction andcommentary proper cover many topics, from patristic and rabbinicexegesis through to modern science-fiction, with numerous stops onthe way...Christianson is a genial guide throughout, and his ownenthusiasm is clear; the book is very well written and accessible,moreover, so that it should appeal to both specialists and a widerpublic...Overall an excellent book." (Society for Old TestamentStudy Book List)

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