Ecclesiastes (Reformed Expository Commentary)

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Douglas O Donnell shows, in this redemptive-historical, biblical, practical, and expositional commentary, that Ecclesiastes answers two key questions that worry everybody in the depths of their minds. The first is "What does man gain from all the toil at which he toils under the sun?" the answer being "nothing." The second follows: "In light of such vanity the fact that our work and knowledge and pleasures and possessions are ultimately made futile by death how then should we live this temporary life under the sun?" The answer is surprisingly simple: we are to abandon human illusions of self-importance, put aside all pretense of pride, and embrace divine wisdom. "The Preacher" of Ecclesiastes says that this is "the end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" (12:13). O Donnell explains how these two key ideas inform the text of Ecclesiastes and the practical instruction that flows from them.

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Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MA, Wheaton College; MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) was senior pastor of New Covenant Church (PCA) in Naperville, Illinois, and an instructor for the Charles Simeon Trust. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, while obtaining his doctorate.

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"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."
Scott A. Wenig, Haddon Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Denver Seminary

"Douglas O'Donnell's new commentary is a delight to read. Although originally preached (in part) as sermons, this commentary is much more than a series of seventeen well-crafted sermons on the book of Ecclesiastes. These footnoted sermons are based on solid research and spiced with wonderful insights, good humor, striking metaphors, clarifying illustrations and quotations, smooth transitions to Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and relevant applications. This commentary will serve preachers well for one or more series of sermons on Ecclesiastes. It will provide them with many sermon ideas, solid exegesis and applications, illustrations, and quotations from numerous books, songs, and movies. Above all, this commentary, with its God-centered, redemptive-historical approach, clearly shows how one can preach Christ from Ecclesiastes."
Sidney Greidanus, Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

"This is a fine commentary because it represents the confluence of, first, a deft exegetical precision in dealing with the words and symmetries of wisdom literature, therefore providing the reader with an unusually rich, polychrome understanding of God's glory amid the dark realities of earthly existence. Second, the book exhibits a masterly tracing of the exalted, Christ-infused, intercanonical connections that will aid the reader in focusing on Christ Jesus, the only answer to an empty life. Third, the author's engaging style packed with wide-ranging literary references (from the ancients to Woody Allen) makes for superb reading as well as study. Certainly its resources will be a boon to all students. And fourth, the commentary's application of the grand theme of how believers ought to live the brief span of their lives 'under the sun' will harrow and elevate the heart of every serious reader. This book is a tonic for the soul. Doug O'Donnell's Ecclesiastes is a masterwork that will be read for generations to come. It deserves an honored place in the libraries of those who would preach and teach the Word."

R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton - ---

"With frequent references to modern and classical literature, O'Donnell illustrates the ever-present problems and dilemmas of life that Ecclesiastes deals with. But his fresh and relevant style never strays from the biblical text that he so artfully expounds. And he never leaves the various parts of Ecclesiastes alone until he has explored how they testify to the Christ in whom all the riches of wisdom and knowledge are found."
Graeme Goldsworthy, Formerly lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

"Ecclesiastes is a book for our 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. Resolutely committed to exposition, O'Donnell makes these sermons come to life and speak with clarity and conviction. Reading these chapters proves a rich and nourishing experience. A wise pastor and careful exegete takes you to the heart of the gospel in Ecclesiastes again and again. A wonderful achievement."
Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

"O'Donnell is a gifted preacher and pastor who is passionate about Christ and the gospel. In this engaging exposition, he pastors us by introducing us to 'Pastor Solomon' (the author of Ecclesiastes), and through him to Jesus Christ, the greatest pastor of all. He shows how the glorious gospel of Christ shines all the more brightly when set against the depressing backdrop of the book of Ecclesiastes."
Barry G. Webb, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus in Old Testament, Moore College, Sydney, Australia - ---

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