- Series: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
- Hardcover: 322 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; 1st edition (November 7, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802823661
- ISBN-13: 978-0802823663
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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The Book of Ecclesiastes (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Hardcover – November 7, 1997
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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.
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.