[Blueboard] Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Fr. Nick Vaquilar on Nov. 23, 2015

Theology and Ministry Program [LS] theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
Sun Oct 25 21:01:36 PHT 2015

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Loyola School of Theology cordially invites you to the oral defense of the
doctoral dissertation entitled, *“The Concept of the Fear of God in the
Book of Ecclesiastes”*, by Fr. Nick Vaquilar on November 23, 2015 (Monday),
10:00 am at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor of LST.

The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J.,
S.T.D. (Principal Examiner), Rev. Federico Villanueva, Ph.D., Sr. Miriam
Alejandrino, O.S.B., S.T.D. and Fr. Randolf Flores, S.V.D., Ph.D., S.T.D.
Sr. Helen Graham, M.M., Ph.D. is Adviser.

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctorate in
Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) with a field of concentration in Biblical
Theology. This dissertation defense is open to the public.

*Abstract: Qoheleth embarks on a journey to find the ultimate purpose of
life. Thus, as he explores to discern if he can find true meaning in life,
the wise man is led to consider many different areas of life “under the
sun.” But when he starts to look at things from the perspective of
reason, Qoheleth ends up pronouncing the hebel conclusion. Instead of
finding the truth, he is led again and again to the enigma of
life. Qoheleth, however, believes that a meaningful life can be found if it
is approached from another perspective. He is convinced that things would
be different if they are seen from the lens of one who fears God, of one
who believes in Elohim. In five pertinent passages (3:14, 5:6, 7:18,
8:12ff and 12:13b),Qoheleth then unveils what he means by the fear of God.
For him, to fear God is the rightful attitude of one struggling to find
meaning in the midst of life’s absurdity and meaninglessness.*


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