NBBC, Ecclesiastes / Lamentations A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

ISBN-10: 0834125145

ISBN-13: 9780834125148

Edition: 2010

Authors: Stephen J. Bennett

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This new Bible commentary is designed to provide 21st-centry scholars, pastors, students, and laity an academically competent, readable commentary in the Wesleyan theological tradition.
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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

General Editors' Preface
Bibliography for Ecclesiastes
Introduction to Ecclesiastes
Place of Origin
Audience, Occasion, Purpose
Sociological and Cultural Issues
Textual History and Composition
Literary Features
Linguistic Style
Literary Style
Theological Themes
Vanity of Vanities
Sovereignty of God
Limitations of Wisdom and Righteousness
Doctrine of Retribution, and Limitations
Profit and Portion
Wealth and Contentment
Hermeneutical Issues
Diversity of Interpretation
Dealing with Contradictions
Interpretive History
Wesleyan Interpretation
Liturgical Use of Ecclesiastes
Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Vanity of Vanities (Title and Theme)(1:1-2)
Title (1:1)
Theme (1:2)
There Is No Profit from Toil (Prologue) (1:3-11)
No One Leaves a Surplus (1:3)
Nothing Changes (1:4-8)
Nothing Is New or Remembered (1:9-11)
I Was King in Jerusalem (Introduction) (1:12--2:26)
I Studied and Explored (1:12-18)
I Tested Pleasure and Wealth (2:1-11)
I Tested Wisdom (2:12-16)
I Began to Despair (2:17-23)
What to Do? Enjoy! (2:24-26)
A Time for Everything (3:1-22)
In God's Time (3:1-8)
What to Do? Enjoy! (3:9-22)
(A Time for Judgment [3:16-17])
What Is Better? (4:1-16)
Better Not to Be Born (4:1-3)
Better a Little with Contentment (4:4-6)
No Contentment (4:7-8)
Better Two than One (4:9-12)
Better Poor but Wise (4:13-16)
Let Your Words Be Few (5:1-9)
Conduct Before God (5:1-7)
Oppression and Justice (5:8-9)
Limitations of Wealth (5:10--6:9)
No Satisfaction (5:10-12)
Grievous Evil (5:13-17)
Contentment (5:18-20)
Evil (6:1-6)
No Satisfaction (6:7-9)
Limitations of Wisdom (6:10---7:14)
Sovereignty of God: Humans Do Not Have Foreknowledge (6:10-12)
Don't Depreciate the Past/Present in Favor of the Future (7:1-4)
(Wisdom Is Still Valuable [7:5-6])
Wisdom Is Limited (7:7)
Don't Depreciate the Future/Present in Favor of the Past (7:8-10)
(Wisdom Is Still Valuable [7:11-12])
Sovereignty of God: Enjoy Life (7:13-14)
Judgment, Righteousness, and Wisdom Are Elusive (7:15-29)
Judgment Is Elusive (7:15-18)
Righteousness Is Elusive (7:19-22)
Wisdom Is Elusive (7:23-24)
There Is Judgment; Righteousness and Wisdom Are Superior (7:25-29)
The Days of the Wicked Will Not Lengthen (8:1-17)
Sovereignty of the King (8:1-9)
Mystery of Retribution (8:10-15)
Sovereignty of God and Limitation of Wisdom (8:16-17)
The Same Destiny Overtakes All (9:1-18)
The Same Destiny for Righteous and Wicked (9:1-6)
Enjoy Life (9:7-10)
Success Is Unpredictable (9:11-12)
The Results of Wisdom Are Unpredictable (9:13-18)
Flies in the Ointment (10:1-20)
Folly Can Outweigh Wisdom (10:1-7)
Results Can Be Unpredictable (10:8-15)
Benefits of a Wise King (10:16-20)
Cast Your Bread upon the Waters (Conclusion) (11:1--12:7)
Generosity (11:1-2)
Knowledge Is Limited (11:3-6)
Happiness in Youth (11:7-10)
Remember Your Creator (12:1-7)
Pleasing Words (Theme and Epilogue) (12:8-14)
Theme: Vanity of Vanities (12:8)
The Value of Wisdom (12:9-12)
Fear of God, and Justice (12:13-14)
Bibliography for Lamentations
Introduction to Lamentations
Place of Origin
Sociological and Cultural Issues
Textual History and Composition
Literary Features
Linguistic Style
Literary Style
Theological Themes
Sovereignty of God
Suffering Is the Result of Sin
Commentary on Lamentations
Poem One: How Deserted (1:1-22)
How Deserted Lies the City (1:1-11)
Look at My Suffering! (1:12-22)
Poem Two: The Cloud of God's Anger (2:1-22)
The Cloud of God's Anger (2:1-12)
What Can I Say for You? (2:13-19)
Look, O Lord! (2:20-22)
Poem Three: I Am the Man (3:1-66)
I Have Seen Affliction (3:1-20)
Faithfulness, Hope, and Love (3:21-36)
We Have Sinned and Rebelled (3:37-54)
Hear My Plea! (3:55-66)
Poem Four: The Gold Has Lost Its Luster (4:1-22)
Gold Is Treated like Clay (4:1-9)
Prophets and Priests Shed Blood (4:10-16)
We Looked in Vain for Help (4:17-22)
Poem Five: Remember, Yahweh (5:1-22)
Remember, O Lord! (5:1-18)
Restore Us, O Lord! (5:19-22)
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