An Exegesis of Ecclesiastes 3:1-10

The paper is to be a focused essay demonstrating careful study of the passage chosen from the Hebrew Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1-10). Students are to identify the method oil allocations approach or approaches (broadly construed) they are employing, then demonstrate the use of that method in their exegesis.It would be wise to limit to limit yourself to one primary method. Students are expected to engage the scholarly literature related to their chosen passage by making reference to at least

TWO COMMENTARIES and at least TWO SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLES. *What not to use: single authored, whole-bible-commentaries (as in one guy wrote a commentary of every book, e.g. Mathew Henry) Papers should consist of 1000-1300 words. Papers exceeding 1300 will be frowned upon (i.e., your grade will be adversely impacted). Word count is to include all notes. Please include your word count at the end of your paper.

Guide to Commentaries Series that are consistently good include (but not limited to) the following: (**note: commentaries come in series, but a different and individual author writes on each book ; therefore, when citing commentaries, PLEASE cite the author and identify the commentary series in parentheses, so for example, Brueggemann, Genesis, (Interpretation)….) The New Interpreter’s Bible (NIB) — goodand relatively basic (but not so basic as to be considered (‘dumbed down’) — each section of analysis is followed by a section entitled ‘Reflections’ which is designed to be of more practical use. Interpretation: A bible commentary for teaching and preaching (a very good resource— believe it not— for teaching laypeople and preaching.

Very theological) Jewish Publication Society (JPS)—good all around, especially for combating Christocentrism. Old Testament Library (OTL)—one of my favorites—tends to be a bit more scholarly inits approach. Anchor—usually a good source for identifying text crucial issues and problems-sometimes the commentary is a little dry, but of course, it depends on the author.

Word Biblical Commentary—‘based on biblical languages yet it seeks to make the technical and scholarly approach to a theological understanding of Scripture understandable by…the fledgling students and the working minister’ Befit olam—LITERARY ANALYSIS. This series focuses on the ”final form of the texts, approaching them as literary works, recognizing the craft of poetry and storytelling that the ancient Hebrew world provided can be found in them and their truth can be better appreciated with a fuller understanding of that art.”

Herementia—historical focus. Particular interest in the methods: history of tradition and history of religion. Designed for the “serious student.��� Also intended to be international and inter confessional. Two paperback series: Westminster Bible Companion (Hebrew Bible volumes are edited by Patrick Miller—a pillar in the field) laity=primary audience. ‘Intended to help the laity of the church read the Bible more clearly and intelligently’ Abington OT Commentaries (also edited by Pat Miller)— plumes designed and written keto provide compact, critical commentaries on the OT for the of theological students and pastors’….Provide basic info and insights—focus on literary, socio-historical, theological and ethical dimensions of the text Of course, there are many other series out there—some good, some not so good.

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