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Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the Old Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THOTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Eerdmans
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Dec 01, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
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This is a helpful, well-written commentary on Ecclesiastes. While Enns argues that Ecc was written post-Solomon, even if you don't buy that the book is still worth reading. Enns' takes on Christian suffering and Jesus as Sage are strong. Here are some gems.

"A messianic hope narrowly considered is not the focus of the OT, as odd as that might seem for some Christian readers. Rather the focus is on the creation of a people who would be used by God to bring reconciliation to the world."

"The God of
Oct 04, 2014 Poetreehugger rated it it was amazing
I have considered Qohelet a hero for his raw honesty and his wide open gaze on this often confusing world: everything is utterly absurd! I love that the book of Ecclesiastes is included in the Bible, so that beyond the simplistic platitudes people like to quote, there stands this dark monolith of a message that says Oh Crap! Peter Enns follows faithfully in the steps of Qohelet when he doesn't try to sugar coat or balance Q's statement, but gives permission to all of us to embrace the inner fist ...more
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May 01, 2014 Frankie Della Torre rated it it was amazing
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Peter Enns has written a fantastic commentary. This is a piece of true scholarship, but it is also accessible to the average reader who simply wants to know what in the world Ecclesiastes is all about. In my estimation, Enns did a beautiful job of interpreting and explaining the logic of Qohelet. This book, this horrible, wonderful book, is rich in wisdom, sorrow, wit, and honesty. I sometimes wonder how Ecclesiastes made it into the canon due to its seemingly anti-theological stance toward dogm ...more
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Feb 27, 2016 Autumn Meier rated it really liked it
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Wonderful commentary. Peter Enns is one of my favorite theologians, as he always puts the documents into the Ancient Near East context. The commentary continually draws parallels with other sources, such as The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Ecclesiastes is my favorite biblical source, because--I mean, let's be honest here--Qohelet is basically asking God "What the hell?" Ecclesiastes, Job, and the lament Psalms all demonstrate that Christianity is not about being sure or blindly faithful. It brings back the
Dec 18, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
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Of all the commentaries I used, I found this one to represent the most compelling perspective on Ecclesiastes. The second half is pure gold. H attempts to understand Ecclesiastes theologically. I found it fascinating and helpful. He also deals with the place of Ecclesiastes in the canon, not just historically, but what is it doing here. What he has to say about counterpoint was so encouraging. I highly recommend this.
Jun 07, 2012 scott is currently reading it
I've been studying Ecclesiastes for over 20 years. For heavens sake, I named my son River Solomon. I'm enraptured by the writings traditionally attributed to Solomon. At here, with Enns' work on the subject at hand, the job he's done is masterful - at least half way through. I hope it doesn't disappoint me in the end. But, Enns never has disappointed me.
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Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias and is the author of several books, including Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evo ...more
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