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Religions 2016, 7(6), 77; doi:10.3390/rel7060077

Qohelet and the Marks of Modernity: Reading Ecclesiastes with Matthew Arnold and Charles Taylor

Divinity School, Duke University, Box 90968, 407 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Academic Editors: Katharine J. Dell and Arthur J. Keefer
Received: 1 May 2016 / Revised: 13 June 2016 / Accepted: 14 June 2016 / Published: 16 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World)
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The biblical book of Ecclesiastes is often claimed as a harbinger of modernity. In this essay, I compare Ecclesiastes with two overlapping constructions of modernity, taken from Matthew Arnold and Charles Taylor, focusing especially on Taylor’s motifs of inwardness, narrativity, meaninglessness, and ordinary life. I suggest that the likeness to modernity in Ecclesiastes is a complex bundle of emphases held in tension, which remains hospitable to pre-modern understandings and commitments. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ecclesiastes; Qohelet; Charles Taylor; modernity; inwardness; narrativity; meaninglessness; ordinary life Ecclesiastes; Qohelet; Charles Taylor; modernity; inwardness; narrativity; meaninglessness; ordinary life
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Grillo, J. Qohelet and the Marks of Modernity: Reading Ecclesiastes with Matthew Arnold and Charles Taylor. Religions 2016, 7, 77.

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