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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 71. Was Qohelet Fighting Depression?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44933


All is vanity, a puff of smoke that fades away. Is Qohelet arguing that the glass is half full or that it is half empty? Exposing the human tendency to seek escape in illusions, Qohelet recommends a willingness to accept the passing nature of existence by enjoying mundane gifts here and now.

Chapter Contributors

  • Steinar Skarpnes ([email protected] - sskarpnes) 'Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society (PhD student)'