Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

in NIV Application Commentary

by Iain W. Provan

4.54 Rank Score: 6.1 from 12 reviews, 3 featured collections, and 11 user libraries
Pages 400
Publisher Zondervan
Published 1/1/2001
ISBN-13 9780310213727


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Mathison believes Provan’s commentary “should prove . . . helpful to preachers and others looking for practical application.” Provan uniquely argues that the Song is a drama with three main characters. Longman says, “The basic plot as [Provan] reconstructs it is that Solomon has forced a country girl into his harem, though she continues to love the shepherd boy back home. The theme of the book proclaims that true love resists coerced legal love.” [Full Review]
Tim Challies Tim Challies December 9, 2013
Provan’s commentary covers two books and is worth referencing for each of them. Tremper Longman says, “Proven has written one of the most interesting commentaries on these two intriguing books. Even though one may not agree with his final conclusions, his thinking is provocative and will lead the reader to think through old issues.” [Full Review]
I have already mentioned this volume in the post on Ecclesiastes. The section of the book on the Song of Songs should prove just as helpful to preachers and others looking for practical application. [Full Review]
With a book like Ecclesiastes, it is sometimes difficult to know how it should be applied. The very format of the NIVAC series demands reflection on application. Provan offers helpful insight into the meaning of the book and its relevance today. This work will prove especially helpful to preachers. [Full Review]
John Glynn John Glynn September 20, 2008
Interprets the Song as a drama with three main characters. See under Ecclesiastes. [Full Review]
Evangelical approach, taking a negative view of the book's main teaching with an appreciation of the theological and philosophical implications. [Full Review]