Is life merely a wisp of vapour, a puff of wind, a mere breath - nothing you can get your hands on - the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes? With imagination and clarity Derek Kidner introduces this Old Testament book which speaks so powerfully to our generation. His love of Hebrew poetry and his understanding of the biblical mind shine through in his careful passage-by-passage exposition. The full biblical text is included. Derek Kidner is former warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and has written numerous commentaries on Old Testament books.
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Review 1 for The Message of Ecclesiates: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
Kidner is a top-notch scholar and gifted writer. He writes from a conservative perspective. If anyone is seeking a brief, reliable, and accessible guide to the message of Ecclesiastes, this is it. As is typical for this series, the commentary is very brief. It only deals with the main message(s) of each passage. For other details, a larger, more comprehensive commentary should be sought. However, this book meets it's stated threefold purpose: "to expound the text with accuracy, to relate it to contemporary life, and to be readable."
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Review 2 for The Message of Ecclesiates: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
Date:December 24, 2009
A very brief treatment of Ecclesiastes, but very insightful. Derek Kidner does an excellent job explaining the amazing wisdom contained in this under-appreciated Old Testament book. Kidner's writing style is concise, easily understood and smooth-flowing. I only wish it had been more thorough.
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Review 3 for The Message of Ecclesiates: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
Date:July 24, 2000
Steven R. Taylor
One word; Outstanding! I used this commentary with two larger ones for teaching through Ecclesiastes in a small group. Kidner wrote more in this small book than the other two large ones combined. Easy to read, yet has great depth.