Ecclesiastes

This is one of the most difficult books on which to teach. There are not very many excellent books on this portion of Holy Writ.

The best by far is Seow’s commentary in the Anchor Bible. Also excellent are Provan, Fox (A Time to Tear Down & a Time to Build Up), Kruger, Ferguson (The Pundit’s Folly), and Bridges.

Second-tier are Longman, Crenshaw, Lohfink, Barton, Murphy, Garrett, Brown, Gordis, Luther, Hengstenburg, Hubbard, Whybray, Leupold, and Towner (NIB). The reason Longman’s commentary is not first-tier is because I cannot agree with him on his interpretation of the key passage 12:9-14.

Forthcoming: Schoors (HCOT).

Conservative are Provan, Seow, Ferguson, Bridges, Garrett, Luther, Hengstenburg, Hubbard, Leupold

Moderate: Kruger, Crenshaw, Lohfink, Murphy, Brown, Towner, Longman (only moderate on this book; on others I would classify him as conservative)

Liberal: Fox, Barton, Gordis, Whybray

Don’t know about Schoors.

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2 Comments

  1. BJ Mora said,

    July 1, 2006 at 10:58 am

    How about Kidner’s brief exposition?

  2. Mr. Baggins said,

    July 1, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Good point. Kidner is always worth reading.


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