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Provisional Wisdom in Ecclesiastes

Chong Hun Pae 1

1장로회신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to explore the feature of the wisdom in Ecclesiastes in relation with the wisdom in Proverbs. For this study I tried to study all the verses with “the better proverbs” form in Ecclesiastes, and find out their theological meaning. In result, the wisdom in Ecclesiastes is not new or not unrelated with that of Proverbs. In the period of Ecclesiastes, something presupposed in the traditional wisdom was disregarded or the traditional wisdom is abused. Ecclesiastes proposes corrected wisdoms while considering the newly changed situation. Ecclesiastes has the goal for the people who encountered skepticism to recover their faith and to lead into the starting point of faith. Ecclesiastes suggests corrected wisdoms, but would not accept their absolute authority, since any wisdom would be destined to failure under the abuse of optimistic humanism. This study shows the features of Ecclesiastes: 1) The wisdom in Ecclesiastes not only describes wisdom, but also criticize the abuse of traditional wisdom; 2) Ecclesiastes focuses on the provisionality of all corrected wisdoms by placing them under the shadow of human death and frailty; 3) Ecclesiastes suggests corrected wisdoms beyond traditional wisdoms, even though they are provisional.

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