Has life really any meaning? Our time in this world is comparatively short. The earthly stage remains, but different actors are constantly passing across it. Generations come and go, but nothing is ultimately different. This is how many people see life. The message of Ecclesiastes is that life is not worth living unless we live it for God. The Song of Solomon teaches us that living for the Lord means loving him. Stuart Olyott makes these two books clear and is very practical.
The author admits that, at one time, these two books were neglected in his own life. Brief commentaries helped him to examine this part of Scripture and his hope is that this similarly brief volume would do likewise for many others.
Almost worth having on my shelves for the subtitle alone, which so pithily sums up the contents of these two books. This is a short volume which in the case of Song of Solomon covers almost every verse individually, whereas in Ecclesiastes the comments tend to be on the small subunits. It is a measure of Olyott’s skill and depth of understanding that in just a few sentences, he can get to the essence of what the text is conveying. This volume is a good introduction to the two Bible books, which the author admits for years as a younger Christian were a total mystery to him. The text serves to explain why the book’s subtitle is an apt description of the messages of Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. The book whetted my appetite for a further study of the books with the help of slightly more detailed commentaries (which interestingly enough, the Welwyn series contains).
Total Price: £1.99