New Release: Ecclesiastes

Cover ArtNow available in paperback, this addition to the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series combines a careful exegetical reading of the book of Ecclesiastes with keen theological insights.

Written by Craig Bartholomew, coauthor of the well-received Drama of Scripture and a leading voice in the call for a renewal of theological biblical interpretation, Ecclesiastes considers the theological implications of the text and its literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions. All serious students of the Bible will find here an accessible commentary that will serve as an excellent resource for their study.


“Bartholomew’s commentary is an extraordinary achievement, in many ways a unique contribution to the vast literature on this enigmatic biblical book. It combines an intimate knowledge of the biblical text and the secondary literature on it with a passionate commitment to reading the text as Scripture, that is, the living voice of God to believers today.” – Al Wolters, Redeemer University College

“Elegant and clear in presentation, with masterful control of the history of interpretation, Bartholomew has made a significant contribution to Ecclesiastes studies. He handles all the critical issues with care and insight and has given us a readable and penetrating portrayal of this enigmatic witness. A new standard.” – Christopher R. Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

“[B]y combining the best historical, linguistic, literary, canonical, theological, and hermeneutical perspectives on this text, Bartholomew treats Ecclesiastes as a dynamic text that speaks powerfully into the (post)modern context of church and culture.” – Mark J. Boda, McMaster University


Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. He is the author of Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, an associate editor of Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, and the coauthor, with Michael W. Goheen, of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads.

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