Cross-Textual Reading of Ecclesiastes with the Analects: In Search of Political Wisdom in a Disordered Worldstmweb
Edited by K. K. Yeo and Melanie Baffes. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019.
Wipf & Stock, 2019
Copyright © 2019 Elaine Wei-Fun Goh
Author: Dr Elaine Goh Wei-Fun
Various cross-textual readings have been attempted between the Christian Bible and Chinese literature. Using cross-textual hermeneutics, this study centers on the political wisdom of Ecclesiastes and the Analects, and its goal is to demonstrate that both texts offer wisdom pointers for human survival amid uncertain sociopolitical realities. Chapter 1 introduces the vibrant interaction of biblical wisdom literature within the ancient Near East and highlights some of its political connections. The openness of wisdom literature is then proposed to support this present effort of cross-textual research. Chapter 2 offers readings of eight passages that communicate Qoheleth’s political wisdom in Ecclesiastes. Chapter 3 centers on the Analects and on some notable passages that relate to Confucius’ political ideas. Chapter 4 seeks to demonstrate the dialogical dynamics between the two works by exploring specific hermeneutical connections. In conclusion, readers will come to understand the distinctive and collective political insights of both wisdom texts. That is, this study suggests contextualized ideas for living wisely from within both a faith tradition and a native tradition.
About the Author
Elaine Wei-Fun Goh is Dean of Studies and Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at the Seminari Theoloji Malaysia in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
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This title is the doctoral dissertation of STM faculty, Dr Elaine Goh Wei Fun, who is also currently the Dean of Studies, now published by Wipf & Stock. If interested, please contact the author (email@example.com) or online purchase from the publisher (https://wipfandstock.com/) or from Amazon.com (http://amazon.com).
神学院讲师兼教务主任吴慧芬博士的神学博士论文（英文），刚刚得到美国的出版社Wipf & Stock出版。有兴趣者可联络作者本人订购或直接从出版社网购。