Customer Review

3.0 out of 5 stars Commentary but not a Commentary, December 17, 2007
This review is from: Ecclesiastes: Life Beneath the Blazing Sun (Paperback)
I am preparing to lead a semester long study on Ecclesiastes so have purchased several commentaries on Ecclesiastes to help me understand the complex work better. Taylor's work on Ecclesiastes stands out distinctly from the others. In some ways the work should not be classified as a commentary at all (and am not sure if Taylor himself suggests it is one). The book is predominantly a collection of very brief (usually a paragraph long) stories illustrating a specific theological point from the book of Ecclesiastes that Taylor has drawn out of the text. The book proceeds through in this manner following Ecclesiastes chapter by chapter. I do not treat this book as a commentary per se because this style of writing does not engage the text beyond a superficial manner. However, Taylor is clearly conversing with the text and offering commentary on it and on how it relates to the reader today and to society as a whole. Taylor comes across as a wise pastor who is sharing his wisdom while reading Ecclesiastes. The book is very engaging, and is an easy read that still offers insight to readers of all types. I would very much like to talk with Taylor or hear him preach, and for this reason reccomend the book as an excellent source of sermon illustrations for the pastor. However, I do not recommend this as a top commentary on Ecclesiastes, though Taylor's main thesis - that we must look above the sun for purpose - is one that does help in interpreting the text.

On a side note, Preston clearly writes with a specific audience in mind - southern conservative (republican?) evangelicals. There are several references to Sadaam Hussein as a standard villain, countless (helpful) references to professors as Southwestern Baptist Seminary, suggestions that unemployment might be resolved if people were less lazy, and random jabs at neo-orthodox, liberal, and existential Christians. All this to say that if you do not fall within Preston's audience you might not appreciate the work as much, or that if you are in his audience you might enjoy it more than I did. Overall, his comments do not significantly detract from the text, but still were conspicuous to one who might not agree in all respects.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
$14.99 $13.00
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Winston-Salem, NC United States

Top Reviewer Ranking: 19,993,790