Embrace Life Under the Sun: God’s Wisdom for Today From Ecclesiastes. Greenville, SC: JourneyForth Academic, 2015.
The book I am presenting today is a multipurpose book that was released in September 2015 by JourneyForth Academic. This is not an exegetical-technical commentary, though it includes Hebrew terms conveniently explained by Jaeggli. The way it is written allows readers to use the book as a Bible study, commentary, or even as a devotional book. However, the most useful way readers can use this book is in group setting. If you are conducting a group in your church or homes, this is the perfect book for that purpose. In addition to the book, the publisher offers six study guides for each chapter plus a leader’s guide. The guides are available in PDF format andt there are two audio resources.
The author divides the book into six chapters. He does not go verse by verse. Instead he develops six topics or ideas in each one of the chapters and deepens on the most prominent verses. Jaeggli writes in a very accessible way. That means this book is not only addressed to pastors, but also to every Christian who wants to gain knowledge about the book of Ecclesiastes.
Jaeggli advocates for Salomonic authorship, but he also expends time to presents objections to Salomonic authorship. He considers Salomonic authorship as crucial to the interpretation of the book of Ecclesiastes. Authorship issues are addressed in chapter one, which serve as an introductory chapter.
In addition to the way Jaeggli writes and explains verses, I also liked from this book the explanatory and comparative tables it includes. Sometimes tables are confusing and bothering to readers instead of being clarifying. That is not the case with this book. The few tables it includes are helpful and explanatory to the issue they discuss.
I would like to conclude by recommending this book to pastors, local church leaders, instructors, and every Christian seeking for an accessible and introductory book on Ecclesiastes.
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