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Dialectal variation comes not in digitized formal units corresponding to political or religious boundaries, but in an analogue flow of minor differences from village to village that only add up to significant variation over a relatively large geographical distance. Andrews United Kingdom paleojudaica.(c) 1994: reproduction beyond fair use only on permission of the author Presented in a panel discussion on "Dialectology in Biblical Hebrew: My purpose in this presentation is to attack the question of a northern dialect in a roundabout way, by setting Hebrew dialectology in the larger context of the overall linguistic development of ancient Hebrew in the biblical and early postbiblical period.But given the limited number and length of the inscriptions available to us, as well as the poor condition in which they often are preserved, all too frequently this method does not give secure results.The West Semitic Balaam inscription from Deir Alla provides a good example of the geographically conditioned problems of dialect analysis.
This is equally the meaning of the text, whether we translate "vanity and vexation of spirit" or "vanity and a striving after wind," ("emptiness, and struggling for breath"), though the first of these two translations is the better grounded.
Lohfink deliberately eschews the excessively detailed Westermannian approach of analyzing every sentence from every possible angle, and instead pares his commentary down to bare essentials. If you are needing just a basic commentary on Qoheleth that you can read over a couple days, then Lohfink is for you. He represents Ecclesiastes as a textbook for Jews in Jerusalem, exhorting them to utilize the Greek worldview as a stepping stone to success in the increasingly competitive Hellenistic environment.
Lohfink creates a hypothetical setting in 3rd century B. However, he often understands the text's reference to be Alexandria rather than Jerusalem (e.g., 2:3-10; 8:1b-4;10:2-3, 16-17, 20).
Translator Sean Mc Evenue is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
His publications include Interpretation and Bible: Essays on Truth in Literature (1994) and The Narrative Style of the Priestly Writer (1971).