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Ecclesiastes: Faith or Futility? (Beacon Small-Group Bible Studies) [Paperback]

By Earl C. Wolf (Author) & Evelyn Stenbock (Author)
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Pages   84
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1986
Publisher   Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN  0834109646  
EAN  9780834109643  

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Verse-by-verse Bible study, shared experiences, and prayer for a variety of small-group settings. 84 pages.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! For 17 years, Earl C. Wolf was editor of Adult Curriculum for the Church of the Nazarene, followed by 10 years as executive director of CST (now CLT, Continuing Lay Training) for his denomination. Since his first book was published in 1947, his prolific mind and pen have turned out volumes of material to aid others in Christian growth. He was a contributor to Beacon Bible Commentary. Voi. 3, and in 1983 published the Beacon Small-group Bible Study in the Epistles of John as well as the booklet, After the Launch.

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Gave up on this book in our small group.  Oct 3, 2009
We're studying Ecclesiastes at church and tried using this book in our small group. We eventually gave up on it, sorry to say.

Ecclesiastes is admittedly an interesting book. As part of the wisdom literature, it can be interpreted as casting a rather downcast beat with its declaration that all is vanity. Ecclesiastes is prose, however, and should be read as a whole before an attempt is made to understand it. Further, as with all the Old Testament books, care should be made to accept the book on it's own terms, within it's historical setting.

Stenbock doesn't seem to like Ecclesiastes or it's writer. There are a couple of problems with her study guide:

1# Stenbock chops the text up into fragments based on chapters and verses #as is used in any of the modern translations#, and then dissects each fragment. Again, I don't think the writer of Ecclesiastes meant for his tome to be dissected like this, and it seems unnatural to do so. For such prose, it would seem much more natural to perhaps pull out general themes.

2# Stenbock then uses various New Testament passages to refute what is presented in Ecclesiastes. For example, in her treatment of Ecc 4:1-3, Stenbock reaches to Rom 8:31-32 and Eph 6:12 to cast a Christian response to what the writer of Ecclesiastes has said. The value of Ecclesiastes is undermined by this approach. While it may be true that we Christians have a different view of salvation and the afterlife than the writer of Ecclesiastes, we lose the lessons of Ecclesiastes with this approach.

There are some other problems with this study guide. The many questions that are posed for discussion are surface level in most cases, and at times are simply silly #"What does Paul tell us is going on in outer space?" on page 34, in a question about Eph 6:12, for example).

We struggled with this study guide midway through chapter 4 of 10 chapters, and then we just had to give up on it.

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