Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA

In Weil’s “A Time for Peace” (shown here), the dove returns to roost, ushering in a reign of peace.

As van der Toorn notes, the biblical author’s use of the notion of a “proper time” may find its analog in Greek thought. The manner in which Qoheleth views fate as the inexorable destiny of all things, fulfilled in its proper time and place, has its antecedents in Greek philosophy. Apparently the elite of third-century B.C.E. Jerusalem were well versed in the ideas of Greek popular philosophy and Hellenistic themes.