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Arguably the largest obstacle in understanding the OT today, is the separation of time between ancient cultures and our own. This problem undermines our attempts to understand the message of Scripture in its original intention as well as our efforts in applying it to today's increasingly troubled and complex world.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary takes this gap seriously and bridges it by providing both detailed exegetical examination, and also a theological commentary that sets the text in the context of the modern world, applying it with wisdom and clarity.

Yet, the challenge to interpret the text theologically and in conjunction with the both the ancient and modern context, made even more acute by growing recognition of the hermeneutical gap between God's revelation, and human understanding of it. This is another bridge that The Apollos Old Testament Commentary addresses, and which further grounds its theological articulation of the text in sound exegesis and theological articulation.

Within all of these complexities, the question is begged: how could anyone, other than scholars access such a commentary when it deals with such complex issues?

The answer quite simply is that the series does not engage the issues in abstract terms, but rather only as it applies, and relates directly to, the questions and issues raised by the text itself, not speculative theology or abstract philosophy.

Each em>Apollos begins with an overview of the issues of date, authorship, sources and other historical details, but which also outlines the theology--more than in most commentaries--the theological emphasis of the particular biblical book under examination. Thus, the The Apollos Commentary Series, does not merely commentate on critical questions such as grammar and history, it interprets those elements in support of a broader theological project that supports the application of the biblical text to our culture and our time.

The theological emphasis is located distinctly within the theology of the biblical narrative, and with a full commitment to the Bible's authority, inspiration, and universal application to humanity. Thus, what we have here is a commentary that provides a detailed exegetical examination that leads---as all study of Scripture must, into a theological and life-giving understanding of the Bible for the Christian.

In the present volume, Ecclesiastes and The Song of Songs the authors present Ecclesiastes and the Song with masterful erudition and with a disarming theological understanding of the books at hand. Wisdom and/or poetic book are among the most difficult to translate for a modern culture due to their enigmatic nature, literary construction, and ambiguous contexts. Yet, it is for precisely these reasons that these two books lend themselves such powerful exposition and interpretation.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 472
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.50 X 1.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0830825150
ISBN-13: 9780830825158
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Series: Apollos OT Commentary

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Publisher's Description

The Bible is both the inspired word of God for his people, whether in biblical times or for the church today, and a fully human book, written in a variety of cultural settings. The Apollos Old Testament Commentary aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. This volume by Daniel J. Estes and Daniel C. Fredericks expounds the books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs in a scholarly manner, and it shows the relevance of these important books to today's readers. Edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended primarily to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, but is equally suitable for use by scholars and all serious students of the Bible.

Author Bio

Daniel C. Fredericks is senior vice president and provost at Belhaven College, Jackson. He is the author of and Daniel J. Estes (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is professor of Bible and dean of the school of biblical and theological studies at Cedarville University in Ohio. His books include and

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"The authors succeed in combining an eye for technical detail with an alertness to the message for today."
"The organization, sound scholarship, and engaging writing style of the authors makes the commentary a fantastic resource for pastors, scholars, and laypeople alike."

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  1. West Union, OH
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Commentary!
    March 31, 2016
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
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    This volume is the joint production of Daniel C. Fredericks on Ecclesiastes and Daniel J. Estes on the Song of Solomon in the excellent Apollos commentary series. The task of the commentator is a challenging one on these two books of the Bible and this book holds up well among the competition of other major commentaries.

    Fredericks writes in a different vein than most because he sees vanity (hebel) as transience. I must admit that affects every conclusion he makes. Some who hold that hebel means emptiness criticize this volume. I still hold to the idea of vanity personally, but see a wide meaning that includes both emptiness and transience. For that reason, the commentary was enlightening to me. I would recommend owning another commentary to explain the emptiness angle, but you will enjoy Fredericks.

    He is conservative on other introductory matters and writes well. I rank it highly.

    Estes sees the Song as almost every modern commentator doesas holding a natural meaning rather than a spiritual or typological meaning. To me, that comes out a little strange on a few passages particularly and makes its very inclusion in the Bible hard to explain, but again, that is true in every modern commentary.

    Still, among those modern commentaries this volume is in the upper echelon out there. Like the Ecclesiastes portion, it is conservative and well written. It is also not as graphic as some.

    I highly recommend this volume for a modern, exegetical commentary that gives you a two-for-one deal on these two fascinating books of the Bible.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Vancouver, Canada
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    Very in depth.
    November 19, 2010
    Mackie
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    The introduction alone is a world of theological reference. It still amazes me how commentary has taken a turn from in depth study to a more psychological and philosophical position. Both are helpful though so that we may deal more efficiently with the sociological issues of the day. But I so much prefer the study of God's word as it was in the days of the writers. This study is a true picture of what I mean. All should have it in their library.
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