Ecclesiastes (Reformed Expository Commentary)
O'Donnell, Douglas Sean
“Ecclesiastes is a book for out time: its relentless examination of the source of meaning and relevance finds echoes in every facet of contemporary life and its restless pursuit of happiness. Douglas Sean O’Donnell’s treatment of Ecclesiastes is both fresh and thorough... A wonderful achievement.”See All
Derek W.H. Thomas
Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta; Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
“Exhibits a masterly tracing of the exalted, Christ–infused, inter canonical connections that will aid the reader in focusing on Christ Jesus, the only answer to an empty life... The author’s engaging style makes for superb reading as well as study. Doug O’Donnell’s Ecclesiastes is a masterwork that will be read of generations to come.”See All
R. Kent Hughes
Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
“Douglas O'Donnell’s new commentary is a delight to read... This commentary will serve preachers well... It will provide them with many sermon ideas, solid exegesis and applications, illustrations, and quotations from numerous books, songs, and movies.”See All
Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary.
“Witty, insightful, and exceptionally well researched, Doug O’Donnell’s new commentary is one that I enthusiastically recommend. If you’re a preacher who is interested in communicating the truth of Ecclesiastes in a fresh way, this is a must–have volume for your library.”See All
Scott A. Wenig
Haddon Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Denver Seminary
Ecclesiastes raises questions that haunt everyone to some degree. We live in a busy world, but does our busyness have a purpose? Or will the tyranny of time rendered all our labor pointless? If our efforts are doomed by death, how are we supposed to live in the meantime?
Douglas O’Donnell turns to Ecclesiastes to show us that lives of seeming futility “under the sun“ become filled with joy and meaning if we live “under the rule of the Son.” O’Donnell argues that wisdom literature is best seen through the teachings of Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). Here learn from Ecclesiastes to find meaning in life by abandoning illusions of self–importance, putting aside all pride, and embracing divine wisdom.
As are all books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Ecclesiastes is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.