Toiling with Qoheleth for Pasifika, Papua, and Palestine: Reading Eccl 3:9-13 with 7:13-18

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Abstract

What does the celebration of toil (work, labor) entail for people who are suffering from the havoc of climate change and the pain of climate injustice? and for people whose homeland is under occupation? This paper offers a reading of Ecclesiastes 3:9–13 in response to Genesis 2–3 and in the interest of West Papua, located at the meeting point of the Asia-Pasifika, and of Kiribati and Tuvalu, which were at the frontline of the war between Japan and the USA. Focusing on the question ‘What gain have the workers from their toil?’ (Eccl 3:9), and the two-part answer that Koheleth proposed to his question, i conclude that the question offers more hope than the answer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika
EditorsJione Havea, Peter H. W. Lau
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSBL Press
Chapter5
Pages53-67
Number of pages15
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781628372793
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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