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Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs (Niv Application Commentary Series)

Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs (Niv Application Commentary Series)
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Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs (Niv Application Commentary Series)

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This impressive commentary wrestles honestly with all the challenges of reading Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs - the challenges of reading the texts in themselves, and the challenges of reading and applying them as intrinsic parts of Christian Scripture. 432 pages, from Zondervan.

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This impressive commentary wrestles honestly with all the challenges of reading Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs - the challenges of reading the texts in themselves, and the challenges of reading and applying them as intrinsic parts of Christian Scripture. 432 pages, from Zondervan.
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The NIV Application Commentary Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs have always presented particular challenges to their readers, especially if those readers are seeking to understand them as part of Christian Scripture. Ecclesiastes regularly challenges the reader as to grammar and syntax. The interpretation even of words which occur frequently in the book is often unclear and a matter of dispute, partly because there is frequent word-play in the course of the argument. The argument is itself complex and sometimes puzzling and has often provoked the charge of inconsistency or outright self-contradiction. When considered in the larger context of the OT, Ecclesiastes stands out as an unusual book, whose connection with the main stream of biblical tradition seems tenuous. We find ourselves apparently reading about the meaninglessness of life and the certainty of death in a universe in which God is certainly present but is distant and somewhat uninvolved. When considered in the context of the NT, the dissonance between Ecclesiastes and its scriptural context seems even greater; for if there is one thing that we do not find in this book, it is the joy of resurrection. Perhaps this is one reason why Ecclesiastes is seldom read or preached on in modern churches. The Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) has been read, historically, by Christians, in two primary ways---as a text which concerns the love and sexual intimacy of human beings and as a text which uses the language of human love and intimacy to speak of something else---the relationship between Christ and the church. Christians have often felt that they must choose between these options---that a text about human love and sexual intimacy could not be at the same time a spiritual text. It is one of the challenges of reading the Song to explore how far this is necessarily true and how far Christian readers have been influenced in their reading more by Platonism and Gnosticism than by biblical thinking about the nature of the human being and of human sexuality. Another challenge is to discover whether the Song is really one 'song' at all, or simply a haphazard collection of shorter poems cast together because of their common theme of love; and still another is to gain clarity on what, precisely, is the connection between the Song and Solomon. This commentary sets out to wrestle honestly with all the challenges of reading these biblical books---the challenges of reading the texts in themselves, and the challenges of reading them as intrinsic parts of Christian Scripture. Using the standard structure of the NIVAC series, it explores their 'original meaning,' the 'bridging contexts' that enable their journey to the present, and their 'contemporary significance.' In the course of the exploration, these books are seen to be deeply relevant in what they have to say both to the contemporary church and the contemporary culture.
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Meet the Author

Iain Provan

Iain Provan (PhD, Cambridge University) is Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. An ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, he is the author of commentaries on Lamentations and 1 and 2 Kings. A

Table Of Contents

  • Series Introduction
  • 15
  • General Editor's Preface
  • 17
  • Author's Preface
  • 19
  • Abbreviations
  • 23
  • Introduction To Ecclesiastes
  • 43
  • Outline Of Ecclesiastes
  • 44
  • Select Bibliography On Ecclesiastes
  • 49
  • Text And Commentary On Ecclesiastes
  • 235
  • Introduction To Song Of Songs
  • 256
  • Outline Of Song Of Songs
  • 257
  • Select Bibliography On Song Of Songs
  • 263
  • Text And Commentary On Song Of Songs
  • 379
  • Scripture Index
  • 391
  • Subject Index
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  • Catalogue Code 160794
  • Product Code 031021372X
  • EAN 9780310213727
  • UPC 025986213725
  • Pages 400
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Ecclesiastes
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 2001
  • Sales Rank #6851
  • Dimensions 241 x 162 x 28 mm
  • Weight 0.662kg

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