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Ecclesiastes (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC)) Paperback – November 15, 2011
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-- 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."
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-- 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."
-- 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."
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“The author strikes a good balance between sound and detailed exegetical exposition and a writing style that is lucid, nontechnical, and easy to read for professionals and laypersons alike.”
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“This volume makes a substantial contribution to the ongoing study of Ecclesiastes.”
“Enns has written an accessible and engaging commentary. . . . An excellent resource.”
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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.