Unlocking Wisdom: Forming Agents of God in the House of Mourning

21st Century Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780977953554


James Reitman's exposition of Job and Ecclesiastes in Unlocking Wisdom is written for serious Bible students, combining a transparent hermeneutical methodology with a canonical-linguistic expositional style to explore the authors' intended meaning as expressed in the text. This innovative commentary provides a more canonical, literary and synthetic reading of these two books of Wisdom than is available in verse-by-verse exegetical treatments and relates the arguments of the two books to make them eminently applicable to contemporary readers.

Key Features

  • Linguistic exposition of the books of Job and Ecclesiastes
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Hebrew terms
  • Subject index

Praise for the Print Edition

I especially appreciate Dr. Reitman's self-conscious and meticulous hermeneutical rigor. . . . He explains his rationale for the format that he employs in the commentary—one that is both idiosyncratic and effective. In the commentary's organization, his careful and analytical mind excels. . . . Would that all commentaries were so rigorous. And would that all were so satisfying in their conclusions. Beyond his attention to methodological precision, Reitman's conclusions ring true to life always the test of a commentary's effectiveness.

—William W. Klein

Reaching into his own experience and reflecting deeply on the theological questions of the books of Job and Ecclesiastes, Jim Reitman pursues the profound issues of pain and suffering as both victim (Job) and oppressor (Ecclesiastes). Whether as a guide for further study of these books or as a counterpoint to various traditional and postmodern understandings, the reader will be challenged and encouraged to find new significance to a Christian theology of suffering at a time when this message desperately needs to be told.

—Richard S. Hess

Reitman's excellent exposition of the books of Job and Ecclesiastes shows how unjust suffering and self-motivated ambitious schemes result in frustration and confusion, and how only the fear of God can resolve disillusionment. Here is a remarkably perceptive study of two often-neglected wisdom books whose messages are desperately needed today. Any student of these two books will be spiritually enriched by this exposition.

—Roy B. Zuck

Product Details

  • Title: Unlocking Wisdom: Forming Agents of God in the House of Mourning: A Canonical-Linguistic Exposition of the Books of Job and Ecclesiastes
  • Author: James Reitman
  • Publisher: 21st Century
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 384

About James S. Reitman

James S. Reitman (B.A., Pomona College; M.D., Washington University, St. Louis; M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary; Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia; and D. Min. student, Denver Seminary) retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2006 as a specialist in Internal Medicine, having served as Chief Consultant in Medical Ethics from 1995-1997. He is Adjunct Professor in Spiritual Formation and Teaching Assistant in hermeneutics at Denver Seminary.

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