The Book of Ecclesiastes (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998 - Religion - 306 pages
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Ecclesiastes is one of the most fascinating -- and hauntingly familiar -- books of the Old Testament. The sentiments of the main speaker of the book, a person given the name Qohelet, sound incredibly modern. Expressing the uncertainty and anxieties of our own age, he is driven by the question, "Where can we find meaning in the world?" But while Qohelet's question resonates with readers today, his answer is shocking. "Meaningless," says Qohelet, "everything is meaningless." How does this pessimistic perspective fit into the rest of biblical revelation? In this commentary Tremper Longman III addresses this question by taking a canonical-Christocentric approach to the meaning of Ecclesiastes. Longman first provides an extensive introduction to Ecclesiastes, exploring such background matters as authorship, language, genre, structure, literary style, and the book's theological message. He argues that the author of Ecclesiastes is not Solomon, as has been traditionally thought, but a writer who adopts a Solomonic persona. In the verse-by-verse commentary that follows, Longman helps clarify the confusing, sometimes contradictory message of Ecclesiastes by showing that the book should be divided into three sections -- a prologue (1:1-11), Qohelet's autobiographical speech (1:12-12:7), and an epilogue (12:8-14) -- and that the frame narrative provided by prologue and epilogue is the key to understanding the message of the book as a whole.
  

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

A modern approach to the book. It is perhaps (apart from Bartholemew's commentary) the best of the recent crop on this difficult to understand book. Especially valuable are the summaries of the ... Read full review

Review: The Book of Ecclesiastes (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

User Review  - David Eagen - Goodreads

Longman's commentary is a great resource in studying the unusual book of Ecclesiastes. He includes the views of others along with his own to provide the reader with a rich understanding of the text ... Read full review

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Contents

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An Example Story 91316
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The Lonely Miser 478
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An Anecdote 41316
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1756 English 517
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The World Upside Down 1057
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Blessing or Curse? 101617
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FRAME NARRATIVE EPILOGUE 12814
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FEAR GOD 121314
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SUBJECTS
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AUTHORS
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SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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FOREIGN WORDS
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Page 70 - First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.
Page xiii - BASOR Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research BDB F. Brown, SR Driver, and CA Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament.
Page 37 - I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Page 61 - Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.
Page 25 - Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.

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About the author (1998)

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, including commentaries on Daniel, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.

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