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A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes

A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY T. CAMPBELL FINLAYSON


THE followinpf pages contain the substance of a
series of lectures delivered in 1SS3-4 to my own
congregation. They are an attempt to expound, in the
light of modern scholarship and criticism, and yet in
a popular and practical manner, one of the most diffi-
cult books of the Bible. I cannot lay claim to any
personal scholarship enabling me to make an inde-
pendent study of the book. Mine is the humbler
task of endeavouring to popularize the scholarship of
others, to acquaint the ordinary reader of Ecclesiastes
with the results which have been arrived at by some
recent critics and interpreters, and at the same time
to bring home to the heart and conscience the
practical teaching of the book, as confirmed, modi-
fied, and supplemented by the later and fuller
teaching of the Christian revelation.

BY T. CAMPBELL FINLAYSON


THE followinpf pages contain the substance of a
series of lectures delivered in 1SS3-4 to my own
congregation. They are an attempt to expound, in the
light of modern scholarship and criticism, and yet in
a popular and practical manner, one of the most diffi-
cult books of the Bible. I cannot lay claim to any
personal scholarship enabling me to make an inde-
pendent study of the book. Mine is the humbler
task of endeavouring to popularize the scholarship of
others, to acquaint the ordinary reader of Ecclesiastes
with the results which have been arrived at by some
recent critics and interpreters, and at the same time
to bring home to the heart and conscience the
practical teaching of the book, as confirmed, modi-
fied, and supplemented by the later and fuller
teaching of the Christian revelation.

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A PRACTICAL EXPOSITIO OF ECCLESIASTESBY T. CAMPBELL FILAYSOPREFACETHE followinpf pages contain the substance of aseries of lectures delivered in 1SS3-4 to my owncongregation. They are an attempt to expound, in thelight of modern scholarship and criticism, and yet ina popular and practical manner, one of the most diffi-cult books of the Bible. I cannot lay claim to anypersonal scholarship enabling me to make an inde-pendent study of the book. Mine is the humblertask of endeavouring to popularize the scholarship of others, to acquaint the ordinary reader of Ecclesiasteswith the results which have been arrived at by somerecent critics and interpreters, and at the same timeto bring home to the heart and conscience thepractical teaching of the book, as confirmed, modi-fied, and supplemented by the later and fullerteaching of the Christian revelation.The Commentaries to which I have been chieflyindebted are those of Ginsburg, Zockler, Delitzsch,Dean Plumptre, and Dr. C. H. H. Wright. Wheresuch scholars agree in their interpretation of theoriginal, I have felt myself on safe ground. Whenthey differ as to the meaning of obscure passages.6 PREFACE.I have been compelled to choose, after carefulthought, those interpretations which, on the whole,commended themselves to my own mind. I havenot cared, however, except in one or two special
 
instances, to trouble the reader with the groundsof such choice, or even with the various interpreta-tions from amongst which my choice has been made.In the preparation of my lectures for the press, Ihave availed myself of the Revised Version, whichhas appeared since they were delivered : and I havenow to thank the Universities of Oxford and Cam-bridge for permission to cite that Version as thebasis of my exposition. I am glad and somewhatrelieved to find that, after having followed themethod above described, I am able, as a rule, toadhere closely to the renderings given by theRevisers, either in their text or in their margin.It is with some regret that I have found myself unable to accept Dr. Ginsburg's view as to the planand method of Ecclesiastes. He regards the book asa systematic discussion of the summuin bonum, or''chief good" of human life ; and, in his masterlyand exhaustive commentary, he endeavours to tracethe course of the argument along which, as hesupposes, the writer advances by definite stepstowards the final solution of the problem. This theoryof the book has been adopted by Dr. Samuel Cox,who, in his " Quest of the Chief Good," has through-out followed Ginsburg's views closely, and has pre-sented them with his accustomed literary skill andPREFACE. 7power of illustration. The theory is at first sip:htfascinating ; but I do not think that any speciallearning is required in order to justify its rejection.Doubtless the idea of the '' chief good " was an ideavirtually familiar to the mind of Ecclesiastes ; but,after careful study, I find myself unable to regard thebook as a treatise on any one subject ; and it is only
 
by a process more ingenious than successful that itcan be made even to assume the form of a systematicargument.Dean Plumptre's most interesting and suggestivecommentary, to which I am under special obliga-tion, is admirably fitted to give fresh zest to thestudy of Ecclesiastes. It may be the case that,in his "ideal biography" of the author, he has (asDr. Wright complains) allowed his imagination toplay somewhat too freely around very slendermaterials. evertheless I have ventured to adopthis main supposition, that the book has in it anautobiographical element ; for many of its utterancesare marked by an intensity which seems to indicatethat they are the record of a personal experience.I have also had the benefit of reading DeanBradley's ** Lectures on Ecclesiastes," more recentlypublished. I am glad to see that he discards the ideaof the Solomonic authorship, and that he refuses toregard the book as being either a systematic treatiseor a dialogue between " two voices." I also admirethe faithfulness with which he resists what he callsthe " clerical " temptation to make Ecclesiastes8 PREFACE.speak as a Christian, for purposes of edification ; butI cannot help thinking that his extreme caution inthis respect has led him to take a somewhat toosombre view of the character and contents of thebook.Professor Cheyne, in his "Job and Solomon," justpublished, has also presented what I hope is anunnecessarily dark view of Ecclesiastes. ot onlydoes he regard those passages which speak of a

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