EPSC Ecclesiastes by Richard P Belcher Jr
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Evangelical Press Study Commentary
Author Richard P Belcher Jr
Ecclesiastes is one of the most difficult books of the Bible. It has been called 'a baffling book', 'alien among the other books of the Old Testament', 'the most problematic of the whole Hebrew Bible', and 'an embarrassment to the Old Testament'.1 It has also provided solace for both pietists and skeptics.
The distinctive approach of this commentary is that it argues for Solomonic authorship combined with a negative, under the sun approach to the message of the book. These two ideas are related to each other because the book reflects the struggles of Solomon during the period of his life when his heart was turned away from the Lord (1 Kings 11:9). The purpose of the book is to warn against speculative wisdom which is a wisdom that no longer operates from the right foundation of the fear of the Lord. The struggles of Solomon are laid out as a warning to all that even someone as wise as Solomon can operate on the wrong basis. Of course, the answer to the struggle comes at the end of the book.
Dr. Belcher is the Professor of Old Testament at RTS Charlotte. He is an ordained minister in the PCA and pastored an urban nondenominational church in Rochester, NY for ten years before pursuing the Ph. D. He graduated from Covenant College and received his M. Div from Covenant Seminary. He also received an S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary, and his Ph. D. is from Westminster Theological Seminary.