But I think that John's post on reading the Old Testament texts (and especially via Ecclesiastes) is refreshing and worth reading:
(Re)Learning How to Read Scripture with Ecclesiastes
The post starts this way:
And also this:
Describing the failure of modern preachers in critically engaging with the drama of the Hebrew Scriptures, Ellen Davis writes:
"Occasionally...a preacher may venture across that gulf [from the New to the Old Testament] and bring something back: a nugget, a small treasure, that is congenial with the gospel message and adds to it sparkle or depth of background."
I am convicted by this.
We read these texts as if they were gift shops at the Vatican: browsing for a trinket, but only the one's that fit our luggage.Worth a peak and a comment.
(John -- hope you don't mind.)