The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary: Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes is one book in a projected 48-volume series that is being published by B&H Publishing Group. The series is edited by Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) luminaries David Platt, Daniel L. Aiken and Tony Merida. This particular volume was written by Daniel L. Aiken and Jonathan Akin. Future contributors will include Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Paige Patterson and a host of other well-known SBC (and other) leaders and pastors.
From the title it is obvious that the focus of the series is on the fact that Christ is evident in every book of the Bible – a most worthy objective and a job well done with this volume.
This not a verse-by-verse commentary and it is not written as a technical commentary in which one needs to know the original biblical language in order to receive the full benefit of the commentary. Rather each chapter is divided according to a well-crafted outline and is written as if it were previously delivered as a sermon. But that is not to diminish the style. Significantly, it serves as a resource and as an aid. One of the benefits of this approach is that one will find valuable insight, illustrations and practical application. Additionally, at the end of each chapter is a “Reflect and Discuss” section with questions designed for small group interaction.
One highly useful inclusion is the “Works Cited” at the end of the book. It contains six pages of bibliographic information that includes commentaries, reference books, sermons (mostly accessed from the Internet), and Internet references. It is a gold mine of references if one is preaching or teaching through the book of Ecclesiastes.
There are only a couple of negatives and neither deals with the contents. The Lifeway website states that this volume has a page count of 288 but I suspect this is generic for the series. For Ecclesiastes the actual count is 146 cover to cover. Also, I found the price on this book to be a bit on the high end at $14.99. Since it is in a paperback binding, a more realistic price might be $9.99.
I would highly recommend this volume to pastors preparing to preach on Ecclesiastes, teachers (Sunday School and small group), looking to do the same and also for individual study. You will find it to be a valuable resource for a basic understanding with a Christ-centered focus.
Disclaimer: This volume was provided to me by B&H Publishing for a fair and honest review.