n HTS : Theological Studies - Two approaches to life in the Second Temple period : Deuteronomy and Qoholet : original research

Volume 65, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



The prosaic Mosaic death in Deuteronomy 34 leaves the way of life לעלם / עד־עוֹלם / כּל־היּמּים as constituted in הךּבךים . That is, : Life יהךה לפני is found in words. In Qohelet, another kind of existentialism, in the face of death, is found, namely in the sensual life of enjoyment of food, drink and companionship. These two approaches constitute different, competing Second Temple period conceptions of how to live, despite death, . These two conceptions indicate the existence of more than one ethos within ancient Judaic society - a dynamic often lacking in the South African context.

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