The 2017-18 academic year in our ministry at Stanford University was a “Year of Wisdom.” In the fall quarter we studied Proverbs. The spring quarter was Job. But it was during the winter quarter that we quarried Ecclesiastes.
At first blush, the book of Ecclesiastes seems like a cynical rant; something you might find written by a disgruntled philosophy major at a large university (like Stanford!). Upon closer examination, Ecclesiastes is a book of profound wisdom, offered to all with arresting honesty and candor. A thorough study of this book will, I trust, bolster your contentment and deepen your appreciation for Christ and the gift of earthly life.
Although there are many other commentaries on Ecclesiastes (many of which reside on my shelf), below are the books I found most helpful in my teaching preparation. I believe they will serve you well as you trek through this great book. Continue reading “Book Notes – July 2018 (Books on Ecclesiastes)”
We are currently studying the book of Ecclesiastes in our college group (Tuesday nights) and with our young professionals (Friday nights). In preparation I’ve been reading repeatedly the text of Ecclesiastes while also finding help in a small collection of books and commentaries. David Gibson’s book, Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End has been particularly helpful. Below are my favorite quotes. Continue reading “27 Quotes from David Gibson’s ‘Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End’”
A wrong understanding and application of Scripture can bring great confusion to one’s life and severely wound a soul. Shepherds who truly love their flock will make it a priority, then, to not only teach the Scriptures accurately, but also apply it to their people with great care and precision. The latter is just as important as the former, as we see in the case of Job and his supposed comforters. They came to him with orthodoxy, but misapplied the Word, only to inflame Job’s pain and kindle the anger of God (Job 42:7). Continue reading “Contradictions or a Perfect Balance: Thoughts on Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes”