Ecclesiastes & the Song of Songs (Apollos Old Testament Commentaries) Hardcover – 9 Feb 2010
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"The authors succeed in combining an eye for technical detail with an alertness to the message for today."--Tim Meadowcroft, Catalyst, Vol. 40, No. 3, March 2014
"The organization, sound scholarship, and engaging writing style of the authors makes the commentary a fantastic resource for pastors, scholars, and laypeople alike."--Russell L. Meek, Midwestern Journal of Theology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Daniel C. Fredericks is Senior Vice-President and Provost at Belhaven College, Jackson. He is the author of 'Coping with Transience: Ecclesiastes and Brevity in Life' and 'Qoheleth's Language' Daniel J. Estes is Distinguished Professor of Bible and Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University, Ohio. His books include 'Hear, My Son' and 'Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms'.
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Fredericks writes in a different vein than most because he sees “vanity” (“hebel”) as “transience.” I must admit that affects every conclusion he makes. Some who hold that “hebel” means “emptiness” criticize this volume. I still hold to the idea of vanity personally, but see a wide meaning that includes both emptiness and transience. For that reason, the commentary was enlightening to me. I would recommend owning another commentary to explain the emptiness angle, but you will enjoy Fredericks.
He is conservative on other introductory matters and writes well. I rank it highly.
Estes sees the Song as almost every modern commentator does–as holding a natural meaning rather than a spiritual or typological meaning. To me, that comes out a little strange on a few passages particularly and makes its very inclusion in the Bible hard to explain, but again, that is true in every modern commentary.
Still, among those modern commentaries this volume is in the upper echelon out there. Like the Ecclesiastes portion, it is conservative and well written. It is also not as graphic as some.
I highly recommend this volume for a modern, exegetical commentary that gives you a two-for-one deal on these two fascinating books of the Bible.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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