EcclesiastesGloomy. Pessimistic. Depressed. These are all ways that people feel when they read Ecclesiastes, a book that at times makes one feel no hope exists. And this is just the beginning! Ecclesiaistes is a difficult book to sort through, and in addition to a textual analysis, we also need to mine its strange nature in order to determine its meaning in our context. Indeed, as Michael Eaton shows, it has much relevance for us, for its mind set often mirrors the mind set of our own modern world. Tyndale Old Testament Commentary SeriesThese commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. The goal throughout is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.