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The class is divided into 2 parts: Pagan and Biblical Pagan: 1. Ancient Texts 3500 BC 2. Hymn- E’numa E’lish 3. Epic of Gilgamesh a. Why must we die? b. Him and his friend, Enkedu Biblical : 1. Genesis 1-9 2. Jonah a. God’s Love is all-embracing (humans and animals) 3. Koheleth – Ecclesiastes – “title” a. “catcher” – trying to catch the lightning bolts of God b. Lightning is a metaphor for truth - Dignity supersedes success - Love is stronger than death - Irrelevant unless nothing has changed in the issues at hand - 3 Important points: Table/Bedroom/Grave – What are you willing to die for? - Gilgamesh and Enkedu o Receive an education Food/Sex/Death o Enkedu receives on Food/Sex o Gilgamesh on Death - Death is a struggle and entertainment for the Gods
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o Table / Bedroom o Death / Struggle - Biblical god is good, just, fair, loving - Is friendship a good thing? o Pagans – Best relationship of all o Biblical – not mentioned in the Hebrew bible Not protected by the 10 commandments - 3 main relationships o Marriage Sex o Genetic Taboo o Friendships No Sex - Must not tamper with that which we did not create - Do not worship technology Koheleth - Mode of presentation o Starts out clear for 3 chapters o Middle is murky and unclear - Questions if there is a god - Is there meaning and purpose in life? - Author is negating faith in 1 st 3 chapters and last 3 - Possibly hiding something in the middle - In Hebrew, the book is a revelation - Holstein is hiding the ways he believes in the rest of the bible
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o The reason – he has decided that to get to God, you have to consider the alternative of biblical faith o Consider the opposite side o The author is not after belief, he is after thought o Thinking is its own reward o Our minds separate us from beasts o Most excited human activity – thinking 6. points of Koheleth 1. Where is the book placed? a. And does this take us anywhere? This book was placed in 3 rd major section “writings” i. 1 st Section – Torah of Moses ii. 2 nd Section – Prophets 1. Invasion of promise land 2. Justice w/o sword is pathetic 3. One weak king after another (refuse to use the sword) 4. All of the above proceeds prophet 5. Why isn’t the book just called David? 3 rd section – “writings” Where is this book placed? 2. “Koheleth” means Catcher a. The writer is claiming to be able to catch the Torah b. Torah literally means “to Hurl” i. In Bible, to hurl lightning bolts (truth) c. Table / Bedroom / Grave d. Koheleth presents the truth in a way we can understand
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e. The truth hurts f. He does this because everything ends in the grave 3. Starts out – “Everything is Havel” (vanity) a. Hevel is a strange word to use because 2 there are 2 more appropriate words b. He means there is a lack of substance in the world c. Hevel appears as a name – Abel (2 nd man born of woman) d. Koheleth might be referring to Genesis 4 (murder) e. Cain says “Am I my brother’s keeper?” in response to God’s question
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