Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Wisdom's Searching and Finding  -     By: Kathleen Buswell Nielson
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Nielson leads the reader in a study of two of the most beautiful Old Testament poetic books, both of which deal with universal, basic, human quests: for the meaning of life(Ecclesiastes), and the joy of love (Song of Songs). Careful attention to textual form and content combines with personal meditation and application.

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Format: Spiral Bound
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596381493
ISBN-13: 9781596381490
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Series: Living Word Bible Studies

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Nielson leads the reader in a study of two of the most beautiful Old Testament poetic books, both of which deal with universal, basic human quests: for the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes) and the joy of love (Song of Songs). Careful attention to textual form and content combines with personal meditation and application.

Author Bio

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, and the book Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, as well as various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught womens Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as director of womens initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust. Kathleen and her husband Niel (president of Covenant College 20022012, now leading an enterprise in global Christian education) have three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren!

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Walk into any Christian Book store and your head will spin with the enormous volume of Bible study materials available for women - how can you choose which to use? If you open up one of Kathleen’s studies you will be gently led to unpack the scriptures and find yourself sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning of him. With a wonderful balance of truth and application, she helps the journey from head to heart be one that transforms us. We have enjoyed using this material in our Bible studies for five years, and we look forward to many more titles.
With rich insight and wisdom, Kathleen Nielson invites her students ’to grapple with the text’ as she provides helpful contexts and comments along with stimulating study questions. Kathleen’s studies are good food for the soul--- challenging, convicting, and very, very encouraging.
Pastors and Christian educators are always on the lookout for rich, well-researched, reliable,helpful, clear teaching material that will get our people into the Word together, helping us to understand its meaning, to see its implications for us in all of life, and to pray it back to God. These studies supply us with exactly that.
Kathleen is a gifted communicator. In these studies, with quiet restraint, Kathleen puts her communication skills to use by carefully crafting questions so that it is not her voice you hear. Rather, the student is drawn into Scripture, is given the opportunity to study the very words of God, and learns to hear the Savior speak.
Kathleen’s studies will gently lead you to unpack the Scriptures and to sit at the feet of Jesus. With a wonderful balance of truth and application, she ensures that the journey from head to heart is a transforming one. We have enjoyed using this material in our Bible studies for years and look forward to many more titles.

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent study of the OT wisdom books for women
    January 2, 2012
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have not read many women's Bible studies. But from what I have seen, I can surmise that many deal with all sorts of things beyond the plain text of Scripture. Kathleen Buswell Nielson in her studies, sticks to the text of Scripture and teaches women how to grapple with and understand the text. Her study, "Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Wisdom's Searching and Finding", is part of her own series, the "Living Word Bible Studies" originally written with her own ladies' class in mind.

    The book is a spiral bound book but nicely done with a deluxe softcover that is nice to hold. It opens up flat which makes it more suitable for jotting down notes in the ample spaces provided during the studies.

    The book begins with an introduction to the two books to be studied, and then an introduction to poetry, where Nielson makes some insightful comments. "If God inspired so much poetry in these books_ then it must be important and good for us to take in the poetic form with understanding and enjoyment." (pg. xv) She also points out that the hallmark of Hebrew poetry - parallelism, is uniquely suite for translation, as rhyme and meter won't as easily be conveyed in a receptor language.

    Then Nielson gives an introduction to each book followed by a series of lessons followed with five days of home work (questions and answers with assigned reading). With Ecclesiastes she sides with the view that the "Preacher" is Solomon, this is "an educated guess", based on the available evidence. She sees the "Preacher" as being on a journey towards faith "with higher and lower voices pulling back and forth until the resolution at the end" of the book. (pg. xix) The study questions are insightful and take one beyond the confines of the individual book itself, often referencing other verses and encouraging a practical application of the passage being studied.

    For Song of Solomon, Nielson aims to take the Song literally first an then to use marriage as the key to applying the book more broadly and to be "spurred on in our love for God, who loves us so amazingly in Christ Jesus." (pg. 131)

    The book includes a "Notes for Leaders" section which stresses the primacy of the text, the role of the church, and other more practical matters. A suggested outline of both books is included along with suggested memory passages. She then gives a note on translations and a list of recommended study helps.

    I was quite impressed by the quality of the scholarship revealed in this little book. It would make the backbone of a great study for women (or men even), on these two OT Wisdom books. Nielson's approach is both devotional and scholarly, and aims for the hearers to apply the knowledge gained. This is a faithful study and should prove to be a blessing and a help for women's Bible studies or Sunday School classes. I am happy to recommend this work.

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    This book was provided by P & R Publishing for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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