Der ferne Gott als Richter? Zur theologischen Deutung weltlicher Ungerechtigkeit im Koheletbuch - 10.1628/004435411796932156 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Christoph Berner

Der ferne Gott als Richter? Zur theologischen Deutung weltlicher Ungerechtigkeit im Koheletbuch

Volume 108 () / Issue 3, pp. 253-269 (17)

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For Qoheleth, oppression and perversion of justice are social realities that continue without any hope of justice being restored in this world or the next. The idea of God as a judge is alien to Qoheleth and it is only introduced in the course of an editorial reworking of the book in Qoh 3:17; 11:9b; 12:12–14. In this process, two motifs which are of central importance for Qoheleth's thinking are taken up and brought to a new synthesis: The divine determination of the seasons on the one hand and the fate of mortality indiscriminatingly shared by all humans on the other hand allow the editor to conclude that God had determined a time for the eschatological judgment of the righteous and the wicked.
Authors/Editors

Christoph Berner Born 1976; 1996–2002 university education in Protestant Theology, Jewish Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Göttingen; 2006 Dr. theol. in Jewish Studies/New Testament from the University of Göttingen; 2010 Privatdozent in Old Testament Studies/Hebrew Bible, University of Göttingen; 2010–2018 fellow in the Heisenberg Programme of the DFG and visiting professor at the universities of Osnabrück, Berlin (HU), Erlangen, Heidelberg (HfJS) and Hamburg.