David CurwinJul 13, 2023
Kohelet: A Map to Eden
An Intertextual Journey
The book of Kohelet or Ecclesiastes is one of the most challenging biblical books to comprehend, yet it is traditionally read on every Sukkot, the Feast of Booths. In a groundbreaking work, David Curwin draws from traditional sources and modern scholarship to take us on an eye-opening journey through Kohelet and other books of the Tanakh. Starting with a look at the life of King Solomon, whose successes and failures are reflected in the teachings of Kohelet, Curwin then presents linguistic and thematic evidence suggesting strong parallels between the life of Adam and that of Solomon, and between the book of Kohelet and the opening chapters of Genesis.
Tune in as we speak with David Curwin about his book, Kohelet: A Map to Eden (Maggid, 2023).
David Curwin is an independent scholar who has researched and published widely on the Bible, Jewish thought and philosophy, and Hebrew language. His writings, both academic and popular, have appeared in periodicals such as Tradition, Hakirah, and Jewish Bible Quarterly. His blog on Hebrew language is here.
Michael Morales is Professor of Biblical Studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the author of The Tabernacle Pre-Figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus(Peeters, 2012), Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?: A Biblical Theology of Leviticus(IVP Academic, 2015), and Exodus Old and New: A Biblical Theology of Redemption (IVP Academic, 2020). He can be reached at email@example.com.