Expositor's Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes

by Samuel Cox


Expositor’s Bible: Ecclesiastes (1890) is part of the original fifty volumes known as The Expositor’s Bible edited by W. Robertson Nicoll. This commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes is by Samuel Cox. This volume is an updated writing of his lectures on Ecclesiastes published in 1867. Cox puts the book in context with a reflection on the author and structure of Ecclesiastes as well as a broad overview of the book’s contents. Cox’s premise is that Ecclesiastes was written during the time of Babylonian captivity so he reviews the historical context of the period. Cox divides Ecclesiastes into Prologue and Epilogue with four sections between them. Each section is identified with a “Quest” for something. For example, the first section and quest are for “the Chief Good in Wisdom and Pleasure.” Cox follows these up with his exposition of Ecclesiastes. Using the same format of six divisions but also including a couple of sections of “Application”.

Wailand Groenendyk
CCEL Staff Writer

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  Born: AD 1826
Died: AD 1893
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