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Where Wisdom is Found: Christ in Ecclesiastes (Fesko)

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The wisdom literature of the Bible is beautiful and inspiring, yet at times it can be confusing and hard to understand.

In Where Wisdom Is Found, J. V. Fesko helps us think through the book of Ecclesiastes and demonstrates how it finds its fulfillment in the crucified and resurrected Messiah. Ecclesiastes addresses many of the troubling ambiguities of life, revealing the futility of this world. But as we reflect on life under the sun, we can rejoice knowing that redemption and life in Christ bring more meaning to our existence than the vanity of things around us.

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Table of Contents:

1. The Futility of Life (Eccl. 1:1–11)

2. The Futility of Man’s Wisdom (Eccl. 1:12–2:26)

3. The Tyranny of Time (Eccl. 3:1–15)

4. From Dust to Dust (Eccl. 3:16–4:3)

5. Two Are Better Than One (Eccl. 4:4–16)

6. Fear God (Eccl. 5:1–7)

7. The Vanity of Wealth (Eccl. 5:8–6:9)

8. Wisdom and Folly (Eccl. 6:10–7:14)

9. Is No One Righteous? (Eccl. 7:15–29)

10. Fearing the King (Eccl. 8:1–17)

11. Death Comes to All (Eccl. 9:1–10)

12. Wisdom at All Costs (Eccl. 9:11–10:7)

13. Cast Your Bread on Waters (Eccl. 10:8–11:6)

14. Remember Your Creator (Eccl. 11:7–12:8)

15. Our One Shepherd (Eccl. 12:9–14) 



J.V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is also academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.



"On the road to Emmaus, Jesus explained to two of His disciples the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. What might He have said when He reached the Book of Ecclesiastes? J. V. Fesko has obviously thought long and hard about this question. In his book Where Wisdom Is Found, he provides a sane and edifying overview of this difficult book of Scripture, showing that all biblical wisdom literature finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ, who is wisdom incarnate. Only in Him are we set free from the vanity lamented in the Book of Ecclesiastes. If you have ever wondered how Ecclesiastes contributes to our understanding of Christ and to the life He calls us to live, don’t miss this gem of a book by Dr. Fesko." - Keith A Mathison, Dean of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and Associate Editor of Tabletalk magazine at Ligonier Ministries in Florida

"Finally, a modern exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes that takes seriously John 5:39 and 1 Corinthians 1:30. If you are a pastor looking for help, a student looking for an expositional model, or a Christian looking for Christ in the Old Testament, this work is a sure guide." - Miles V. Van Pelt, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi