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The Message of Ecclesiastes
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  • Published: January 13, 1984
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-8984-6
  • Item Code: 8984

What is life about? In the end, does it all amount to a wisp of vapor, 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 biblical mind shine through in his careful passage-by-passage exposition. The full biblical text is included.


General Preface
Author’s Preface
Chief Abbreviations

Part I: What is this book doing in the Bible? —a reconnaissance

Part II: What is this book saying? —a running commentary
The author, motto and a survey of the scene 1:1–11
The search for satisfaction 1:12–2:26
The tyranny of time 3:1–15
the harshness of life 3:16–4:3
the rat-race 4:4–8
A first summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 1:1–4:8
Interlude: Some reflections, maxims and home truths 4:9–5:12
the bitterness of disappointment 5:13–6:12
A second summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 4:9–6:12
Interlude: Some reflections, maxims and home truths 7:1–22
the search goes on 7:23–29
frustration 8:1–17
jeopardy 9:1–18
A third summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 7:1–9:18
Interlude: Be sensible! 10:1–20
towards home 11:1–12:8

Part III: What are we to say to this? —an epilogue


Derek Kidner (1913–2008) was warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He wrote several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series, including those on Genesis, Ezra and Nehemiah, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Kidner's works are full of the marks of both professor and pastor with his even­handed scholarship as well as his devotional insight. These qualities have made his commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and The Bible Speaks Today series some of the most beloved and popular of recent decades. Kidner had a long career in both the church and the academy in England. He studied at Cambridge University and then served in the ministry for several years before becoming a senior tutor at Oak Hill Theological College. Kidner began his writing career while serving as warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge from 1964 to 1978, publishing his ninth and final book, The Message of Jeremiah, in 1987.