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“The underlying and pervasive criterion for his judgment is the fact of death; it casts a fatal shadow over all human existence. The wise man dies as well as the fool (2:10)!” (Page lix)
“For this reason I think ‘absurd’ in the sense of incomprehensible is an adequate equivalent of the term” (Page lix)
“The desperate claim of ‘vanity’ is written up and down the entire book. There is not, Qoheleth avows, a single unspoiled value in this life. Riches, toil, wisdom, life itself—all these are examined and found wanting.” (Page lix)
“c. Qoheleth avowed that he himself failed in the quest for wisdom; she was too distant, too deep (7:23–24).” (Page lxii)
“The number three has no particular significance as opposed to two; the point is plurality.” (Page 42)