Eerdmans, 2011. Two Horizons series.

The focus of this series is on theological interaction with biblical texts.The commentary is divided into two parts roughly equal in length: (1) Interaction with the Hebrew text, (2) Interacting with the theology of Ecclesiasties, where much of my focus is on seeing Qohelet as a figure of honest doubt and suffering, and therefore a Christ-figure and model for one’s faith journey.

Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the Old Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THOTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture.


Kenton L. Sparks
— Eastern University
“‘Of the making of books there is no end,’ says Qohelet. And I am glad that he is right. Were it not so, we’d not have in our hands this new and engaging commentary by Pete Enns. Qohelet explores the deep questions of human existence to the roots, and Enns follows, in what is a challenging confrontation with this theologically important and much-neglected book of Holy Scripture.”

Tremper Longman III
— Westmont College
“‘Trust and obey’ in spite of suffering and doubt. According to Peter Enns, that is the main message of Ecclesiastes. A veteran commentator, Enns carefully and insightfully interprets the book and shows its immense relevance for those today who follow the suffering yet victorious Christ. A must-read for everyone who wants to understand the important book of Ecclesiastes.”

James Kugel
— Bar-Ilan University, Israel
“Ecclesiastes is certainly one of the most fascinating — and challenging — books of the Bible. Peter Enns has taken it on with equal measures of informed scholarship and religious sensitivity. His commentary, while surveying most of the thorny issues that have puzzled previous commentators, never loses sight of the big picture and the questions that matter most in a person’s life. The result is an extraordinary achievement — a worthy addition to the home libraries of scholars and laymen alike.”