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Kenton L. Sparks
-- Eastern University
"'Of the making of books there is no end,' says Qohelet. And I am glad that he is right. Were it not so, we'd not have in our hands this new and engaging commentary by Pete Enns. Qohelet explores the deep questions of human existence to the roots, and Enns follows, in what is a challenging confrontation with this theologically important and much-neglected book of Holy Scripture."

Tremper Longman III
-- Westmont College
"'Trust and obey' in spite of suffering and doubt. According to Peter Enns, that is the main message of Ecclesiastes. A veteran commentator, Enns carefully and insightfully interprets the book and shows its immense relevance for those today who follow the suffering yet victorious Christ. A must-read for everyone who wants to understand the important book of Ecclesiastes."

James Kugel
-- Bar-Ilan University, Israel
"Ecclesiastes is certainly one of the most fascinating — and challenging — books of the Bible. Peter Enns has taken it on with equal measures of informed scholarship and religious sensitivity. His commentary, while surveying most of the thorny issues that have puzzled previous commentators, never loses sight of the big picture and the questions that matter most in a person's life. The result is an extraordinary achievement — a worthy addition to the home libraries of scholars and laymen alike."

About the Author

Peter Enns is a biblical scholar, writer, and teacher with a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary, Harvard University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. His other books include


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Product Details

  • Series: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866493
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. 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, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (HarperOne), The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously (with Marc Brettler and Daniel Harrington, Oxford University Press), Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and The Problem of the Old Testament (Baker), and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins (Baker).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Troy McClure on August 2, 2012
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Since some of Peter Enns' recent writings have touched on controversial subjects, what often gets discussed when Enns' name comes up is what you can believe about the Bible and still be considered "in the club." This is a shame, and one thing that often gets ignored is that Enns, whether you agree with his conclusions or not, is an excellent theologian and an excellent writer.

Ecclesiastes lacks the controversy of Genesis, but it is in no way an easy book to read or understand. This commentary is brief - about 220 pages of reading - but I felt that it did an excellent job of addressing both the text itself and interpretation of the text for 21st-century believers. You can also tell that Enns has done his homework and is familiar with the historical theology of Ecclesiastes.

What I've always appreciated about Enns, again whether I agree with his conclusions or not, is his willingness to be honest about interpretive challenges that we might have with any given text and his willingness to not shy away from certain texts, even if clear interpretation not possible (even for a theologian to admit that a certain text might not have a clear interpretation is a breath of fresh air to me). I love Enns' approach to hermeneutics, which he outlines in the closing chapters of the book, and his interpretations generally just abound in common sense.

Ecclesiastes is a book that many Christians skip due to its difficulty. Enns' commentary makes the book approachable and pertinent, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Click Chick on May 25, 2013
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This is a good, technical hermeneutic review of Ecclesiastes. It is more or less a line by line review of the book. I appreciate the diligence that the author did in dissecting the Scripture but it is a bit on the dry side. I do not want to downplay the importance of "rightly dividing the Word", however, sometimes there is a flow in writing that conveys an entire thought or thoughts throughout a paragraph. Since this is a line by line analysis, it is just a bit choppy in some places. Having said all that, the author has done his research with regard to the original meaning of the Hebrew words and that part of the writing was extremely helpful. Additionally, the author highlights the importance of Hebrew verb tenses or the significance of poetic writing. Those sections were very helpful as well. I had to write a paper on Ecclesiastes for a seminary course and found this book along with Holoman's Ecclesiastes review very helpful for my paper. I will hand the author an extreme compliment in this review. His book, The Moody's Handbook of Theology is one of the finest theology reference books available. I utilize it extensively in not only studying for sermon/Sunday school preparation but also in my seminary studies. Paul Ennis has an excellent, technical mind with regard to the Bible and theology.
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Great balance between critical engagement with text while maintaining an overarching Christian outlook. I especially liked how exegesis of passages was kept separate from the theological engagement and contemporary application.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. M. S. on April 6, 2013
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It seemed to me that this book is better suited for a seminary student. Though I enjoy looking up the Hebrew or Greek of scripture, and Mr. Enns correctly goes to Hebrew to support his interpretation of Ecclesiastes, I did not find it easy reading as a layperson.
J.M. Snyder
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