Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Reformation Commentary on Scripture) (Hardcover)

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By David Fink (Editor)
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"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die..."

When the reformers of the sixteenth century turned to this well-known text from the Book of Ecclesiastes, they did not find a reason to despair, but rather confirmation of their hope and faith in God. For example, Martin Luther pointed to the comfort offered through this text: "You cannot live any longer than the Lord has prescribed, nor die any sooner. . . . To Christians this is a great comfort, so that they know that death has not been placed into the power of tyrants nor into the hands of any creature," but in the hands of God.

In this volume of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, Reformation scholar David Fink guides readers through a wealth of early modern commentary on three Old Testament books: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. Readers will hear from familiar voices and discover lesser-known figures from a diversity of theological traditions, including Lutherans, Reformed, Radicals, Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Drawing upon a variety of resources--including commentaries, sermons, treatises, and confessions--much of which appears here for the first time in English, this volume provides resources for contemporary preachers, enables scholars to better understand the depth and breadth of Reformation commentary, and seeks to help readers find comfort in God's Word.

About the Author

David C. Fink (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of religion at Furman University. He is the author of Divided by Faith: The Protestant Doctrine of Justification and the Confessionalization of Biblical Exegesis.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780830829590
ISBN-10: 0830829598
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Reformation Commentary on Scripture