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by Craig G. Bartholomew, Tremper Longman


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Respected Old Testament scholar Craig Bartholomew, coauthor of the well-received Drama of Scripture, provides a careful exegetical reading of Ecclesiastes in this addition to the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series. Along with helpful translation and commentary, Ecclesiastes considers the theological implications of the text and its literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions. Footnotes deal with many of the technical matters, allowing readers of varying levels of interest and training to read and profit from the commentary and to engage the biblical text at an appropriate level. Pastors, teachers, and all serious students of the Bible will find here an accessible commentary that will serve as an excellent resource for their study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097447
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms Series
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of The Paideia Centre for Public Theology. He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory and coauthor of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads. He was the founder and convener of the ten-year Scripture and Hermeneutics Project as well as the coeditor of the eight substantial volumes that emerged from the project.

Table of Contents

Series Preface 9

Author's Preface 13

Abbreviations 14

Introduction 17

I Frame Narrative: Prologue (1:1-11) 101

II Qohelet's Exploration of the Meaning of Life (1:12-12:7) 119

A Qohelet's Description of His Journey of Exploration (1:12-18) 121

B Testing Pleasure and the Good Life (2:1-11) 128

C The Problem of Death and One's Legacy (2:12-23) 138

D Eating, Drinking, and Enjoying One's Labor (2:24-26) 149

E The Mystery of Time (3:1-15) 158

F The Problem of Injustice and Death (3:16-22) 175

G Four Problems (4:1-16) 183

H Worship (5:1-7 [4:17-5:6]) 201

I Oppression and Profit (5:8-17 [7-16]) 214

J The Gift of God (5:18-20 [17-19]) 224

K Riches and Wealth Continued (6:1-12) 232

L Knowing What Is Good for One (7:1-13) 244

M Moderation in Wisdom and Folly (7:14-22) 253

N Qohelet's Reflection on His Journey and the Inaccessibility of Wisdom (7:23-29) 263

O The Enigma of Political Rule (8:1-9) 278

P The Problem of Delayed Judgment (8:10-17) 287

Q The Fate of Death and the Gift of Life (9:1-12) 296

R The Example of a City (9:13-18) 312

S Wisdom, Folly, and Rulers (10:1-20) 317

T Living with the Uncertainties of God's Providence (11:1-6) 334

U Rejoicing and Remembering (11:7-12:7) 339

III Frame Narrative: Epilogue (12:8-14) 359

Postscript: Postmodernism, Psychology, Spiritual Formation, and Preaching 375

Bibliography 391

Subject Index 421

Author Index 431

Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings 439

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