Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Review of Bundvad, Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes (OUP, 2017)

ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Book Note | Bundvad, Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes (Jesse Peterson).
[Mette] Bundvad, however, seeks to reinstate this work in the field [on time], only using a different approach. With one eye on Barr’s critiques and another on Guy Deutscher’s more recent linguistic work, she avoids a lexical-based approach and posits that a better method for identifying reflective thought on time is to appeal to an author’s syntax and “habital use” of language—ways by which the author directs the reader to concentrate on certain aspects of the world—and an author’s ability to do this transcends the sum of her lexical stock.