"If it needs a man who has suffered to write a commentary on Job . . . . Perhaps the only person entitled to comment on Ecclesiastes is a cynic who has revolted from the world in disillusionment and disgust." "If so," writes Michael Eaton, "I qualify."
Scholars have long wrestled with the gloomy pessimism and striking omission of any mention of Yahweh in this portion of the Wisdom literature. After setting forth the issues related to the text, authorship, date and canonicity, Eaton assesses the purpose and structure of the book. He then provides a passage-by-passage analysis that attempts to account for the oddities of the text and to show its contemporary relevance.
The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.
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The Text of Ecclesiastes
The Date, Authorship and Literary Provenance of Ecclesiastes
The Canonicity of Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes in its Ancient Near Eastern Setting
The Enigma of Ecclesiastes
The Composition of Ecclesiastes
The Purpose of Ecclesiastes
The Structure of Ecclesiastes
The Translation of Ecclesiastes 3:18
The Translation of Ecclesiastes 3:21