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The Making of Many Books: Printed Works on Ecclesiastes 1523-1875 (2014)

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Taking advantage of the unprecedented access to books and information that has become available in the last few years, this bibliography identifies and traces the history of hundreds of books and articles on Ecclesiastes, published in many different
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  Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvBibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Indexes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Authors,editors,translators&c. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164Printers,publishers,booksellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173PassagesfromEcclesiastes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 vii  Introduction Students of Ecclesiastes have for many years enjoyed the benets of two verythoroughbibliographiesbyReinhardLehmannandBéatricePerregauxAllis-son, which cover the periods 1875–1988 and 1988–98 respectively. In princi-ple, earlier literature was dealt with in August Palm’s  Die Qohelet-litteratur:Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Exegese d Alten Testaments   (Mannheim:HeinrichHogrefe,1886). Thisslender(andratheruncommon)workisnotatall a study in the history of interpretation, as its title pretends, but simply of-fersalistofworks,generallywithoutcomment. Overforty-vepages,thelistis presented once alphabetically, by author, and then again chronologically,which is convenient; even as a simple bibliography, however, the book fallsfar short of modern standards: it is ofen infuriatingly vague, and the detailsthat it does include contain many errors, ofen inherited from the earlier listsonwhichPalmdrew.Scholars have frequently relied instead, therefore, on the extensive litera-ture review that occupies pages 27–243 of Christian Ginsburg’s commentary(§666,below),inthecourseofwhichGinsburgtracesthehistoryofinterpre-tation from earliest times until 1860. To be sure, this review seems likely al-waystoremainavaluableresource: Ginsburgengageswiththecontentofeachwork, sometimes providing long extracts or translations of key passages, andhedoessoinanenjoyablywaspishway. Hisinterests,however,arelargelycon-nedtointerpretationsofEcclesiastesasawholeandtotheissueofSolomonicauthorship,whichwasstillhighlycontroversialatthetimewhenhewaswrit-ing: his review does not include, therefore, special studies of other themes orproblems in the book (although he does devote much incidental efort to ex-posinglinguisticerrorsintheworkofvariousChristianHebraists). Giventhelimited resources with which he was working, furthermore, it is hardly sur-prisingtodiscovereitherthatheoverlookedsomeimportantgeneralworksas 1.Botharepublishedwithinothervolumes,Lehmann’sinDiethelmMichel,  Untersuchun- gen Zur Eigenart Des Buches Qohelet  (BeiheftezurZeitschriftfürdiealttestamentlicheWis-senschaft183;Berlin&NewYork:deGruyter,1989),291–322;Perrigaux’sinMartinRose,  Riende nouveau: nouvelles approches du livre de Qoheleth: avec une bibliographie, 1988-1998, élaborée  par Béatrice Perregaux Allisson (Orbisbiblicusetorientalis168;Freiburg,Sw.:Universitätsver-lag;Göttingen:Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht,1999),557–629. ix  x Introductionwell,orthathewassometimesunawareofdiferentversionsorearliereditionsofthebooksthathedoesinclude. Excellentthoughitis,Ginsburg’sreviewhassome serious limitations as a bibliographical resource, and the deciencies of Palm’sworkmeanthatwehavenoproperbibliographyfortheperiodbefore1875.Theprimarypurposeofthisbookistoremedythatsituation,byprovid-ingamuchfullerandmoreaccurateaccountoftheliteraturewhichtakesad-vantage of the massively increased access to books, and to information aboutbooks, that the Internet has brought about about over the last few years. Be-causemanystudiesofEcclesiastes,however,aretobefoundwithinworksonthe Old Testament or the Bible as a whole, there will be much here, I hope,that will be of value to scholars of other biblical literature. Alongside manymore scholarly works than were listed by Ginsburg and Palm, furthermore,I have also included poetic paraphrases and other compositions that throwlight on the ways in which Ecclesiastes was being read and understood acrossthis long period, and I have attempted, so far as is practical, to give a detailedaccount for each work both of its publication history and of any importantcircumstances surrounding its publication or transmission: a simple list of rst editions can give no sense of the impact or accessibility of a book, andsome works, moreover, evolved in very complicated ways. If it is to rest onsecure foundations, modern work in the thriving elds of reception historyand history of interpretation, in particular, has to work with accurate data.It can be dicult, however, to establish with condence even the most basicinformation about a surprising number of early books, and it has taken memuchtimeandeforttotracethedetailsofalltheworkshere—efortwhichIhopeotherswillnotnowneedtoduplicateintheirownwork.Therearemanyreasonswhysuchproblemsarise. Onoccasionitis,quitesimply, because books tell lies – sometimes extravagantly, as when Voltaire’sparaphrase was issued with multiple false imprints (§419) or Thomas Stern-hold’s reputation borrowed to sell a book (§34), sometimes aspirationally, aswhenthetitlepromisesmorethanthevolumecontains(e.g. §64),andsome-timesinquitepettyways,aswhennewimprintsand“revised”editionsarecre-ated by sticking a new title-page on remaindered stock (e.g. §87, §265). Thiscan have important consequences for anybody attempting to assess the cir-cumstancesordate: twooftheHebrewcommentariesbelow( §548and §549),for example, are found in editions with false imprints that might lead us todate them much earlier than they really are (which was probably their inten-tion: thepublishersweretryingtoevaderestrictionsonnewJewishprinting).Therecanalsobesimpleerrorsinbooks(e.g. §242),orvolumescangivecon-ictinginformationaboutthemselves(e.g. §529). Perhapsthemostcommonproblem,however,isthatinaccuraciesndtheirwayintocataloguesorbibli-ographies through simple mistakes. In the case of §644, for example, CharlesSpurgeongavetheJamieson-Fausset-Browncommentaryawarmrecommen-
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