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The JPS Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes Hardcover


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  • Series: JPS Bible Commentary
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827607423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827607422
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The the JPS Ecclesiastes/Koheleth is a thorough, sensitive and engaging study with much to recommend it.”—Canadian Jewish News
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“This is an insightful and accessible commentary that reflects many years of deep engagement with the text.”—Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures)

“This volume is a profitable resource for both scholars and pastors. Pastors will appreciate its brevity and clarity, and scholars will respect its depth and thoughtfulness.”—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Groner VINE VOICE on December 12, 2005
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Fox's brief commentary is a fine introduction to Ecclesiastes for the educated non-specialist who wants to get a grip on this fascinating and sometimes frustrating book. He accurately and concisely presents the consensus of modern scholarship on Ecclesiastes -- that it is a fairly late production as books of the Bible go and that it is a series of philosophical reflections, not a systematic work of philosophy.

Surprisingly and to his credit, Fox also gives a fair and unbiased presentation of the views of traditional Jewish commentators -- although he makes clear that he does not necessarily endorse these views as representing the true meaning of the text. Fox's commentary would not be favored by an absolute traditionalist of any religious background, i.e. by someone who is convinced that King Solomon was the author of Ecclesiastes and that the purpose of Ecclesiastes is to teach moral lessons.

I found it interesting, in an official "Jewish Publication Society" commentary, that Fox so often dissents in his commentary from the JPS translation that he gives alongside the Hebrew text. At least once, I was inclined to take the side of the JPS translator against Fox, but in all cases, the comparison of the two approaches was enlightening.

In a couple of places, I found Fox's discussion of a difficult Hebrew passage to be too cursory. I would have enjoyed being able to choose among a half dozen approaches. I do recognize that space was limited and that Fox was trying to write a basic introduction, not delve into the scholarly literature.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Speedy West on July 10, 2010
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I am currently going through a sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes, and for my sermon prep I have found no more helpful book than this one. In the introduction, it lists all of the most important Hebrew words and talks about what they mean in their context. I still use blueletterbible in conjunction with these word studies, but I have found that Fox's comments are usually right on.

Warning: This is NOT the kind of commentary that you should buy if you want somebody to do all the application work for you. This book merely focuses on what Qohelet is actually trying to say. If you're looking for "8 great sermon ideas on the book of Ecclesiastes," look elsewhere. If you are looking for something that is simply focused on finding the original meaning of the book, then there is no better commentary out there.
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By neil sass on April 12, 2014
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a faithful rendition of one of the biblical texts that contains many of the profound statements that i have come to trust in and rely upon. i would recommend this volume to anyone interested in reading biblical texts.
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I ordered this book for a course I am taking but I could not put the commentary down. I don't think that I totally agree with the entire analysis, but it certainly aroused my interest and sustained it. It is a very modern translation, but the Hebrew text is right there so that the reader may verify ambiguities. The analyses are interspersed and there is a fine bibliography.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PA PETE on March 30, 2011
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Presented in relatively brief fashion, this text provides a great summary for the non traditionalist & academic views of the story and social/historical basis of the book of Esther.
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