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  • Series: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 1st edition (November 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802823661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802823663
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Caldwell on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished a Bible class on Ecclesiastes and this was an indispensable source. This is in the NICOT series (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) - a quality series published by Eerdmans.
This is one of the few commentaries that you could from cover to cover.

Longman is not dogmatic concerning various interpretations of some of the more difficult passages (which add up to more than I assumed). Longman is also very conversant with many of the "standard scholars" on Ecclesiastes - Blenkinsopp, Crenshaw, Fox, Ginsberg, and Whybray. This is an added benefit to this book because he frequently includes their views and provides pros and cons for each and then presents his personal opinion.

Longman does not see Solomon as the author but that hardly changes the message of the book (nor can anyone prove without question that Solomon is the author).

For the class I had also picked up Provan's work on Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon in the NIVAC series (The NIV Application Commentary). I was in the habit of reading through Longman first and felt as if Provan added little.

If you need an aid for Ecclesiastes, go with Longman. He is brilliant and his strength is Old Testament Poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan T. Poindexter on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Longman in this commentary on Ecclesiastes attempts to give a different perspective on the book of Ecclesiastes. Instead of trying to figure out who the author is, Longman understands the book as dialogues of two different people. The narrator is using a speech from the wise-man Qoheleth to teach something. Instead of complete instruction, Longman understands the bulk of the book to be a wise man's struggle with a broken, unfair world and a seemingly distant God. I found Longman's understanding to be very stretching, but not outside of the realm of possibility. Whether or not you agree with Longman's thesis or conclusions, I think this commentary is beneficial for the study of Ecclesiastes. For those who disagree with him, Longman challenges some common and traditional understandings. For those who are open to his understanding, Longman's hypothesis sheds an interesting light on this piece of wisdom literature.

A couple reviewers have disingenuously slammed this commentary and its author. That is unfortunate. Longman is a scholar, a skilled writer, and most importantly a follower of Christ. For those who claim Longman has a low view of Scripture (reviewer Jeffrey W. Brannen states that "He adopts a very pessimistic view of Ecclesiastes" which lead me to believe he did not really read the commentary) or that he is unorthodox (reviewer William A. Mullins, you may want to look up "orthodoxy" in a dictionary, because your flippant use of this word is completely inappropriate). CUSTOMERS PLEASE AVOID THESE TWO REVIEWS MENTIONED ABOVE - THEY ARE UNEDUCATED AND UNHELPFUL.
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By adam couturier on March 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was quite pleased by Tremper Longman's treatment of this often missunderstood text. He spends a good deal of time introducing the genere of the book so we can better understand the type of lit. that is falls in, and from there he takes you on a verse through verse journey of what "qohelet" (the author of the book) has to say to the everyman. Also as a side note his footnotes on this volume can lead you into some exciting research of your own. I recomend this volume to anyone that is serious about understanding the wisdom lit. of the Bible better
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TODMTNS on December 27, 2014
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Love the Author's research and writing style but his theory of the authorship of the book is so convoluted. He believes the book was written by an unknown author long after Soloman (nothing unusual about that theory) and that the writing is in itself heretical, so another unknown author adds the preface and epilogue to warn his students of such perverse thinking. It's such a negative view of the that it was hard for me to wonder why he bothered.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bro. John on August 3, 2013
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This book saved my paper on Ecclesiastes, I recommend this book and its set. Looking forward to buying the other books in the set.
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Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and the chair of the Religious Studies department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with his wife, Alice. He is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.

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