Jeremiah, Lamentations

series: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

Jeremiah is a long and complex book, written in the closing years of Judah before the exile. Longman provides clear and accessible commentary drawing out covenant as a central theme: the people's violation, the consequences, and the promise of a new covenant to come. He also provides solid help for understanding and applying the ancient genre of lament found in Lamentations.


"Longman has added another fine commentary to his credit with this volume in the NIBC series. The complexity and sheer volume of Jeremiah-Lamentations are well known, but Longman's presentation controls the material admirably, while also producing an extremely accessible, manageable commentary." --Pete Enns, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Tremper Longman's work is a thoughtful guide that brings readers along almost like a companion in conversation. When reading Longman one is given access to several contexts for an informed understanding. The historical contexts impacting Jeremiah and Lamentations are discussed, the literary contexts that shape the forms of expression are explicated, and the canonical context in which the books are rooted is frequently noted. Taken together, these assist the reader in coming to grips with two Scriptural works, and at the same time, being grasped by them."--J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Author

  1. Tremper Longman III

    Tremper Longman III

    Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has served in...

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"The complexities of the book of Jeremiah are navigated in this commentary with ease and clarity. This is a fine addition to an important commentary series. . . . This study will prove to be a useful resource in the study of two very important biblical books."--The Bible Today

"Longman's careful attention to content results in commentary that will never be less than helpful for the intended general audience. Longman's work provides a fine example of the series goal of combining critical acumen with 'Christian affection.'"--Society for Old Testament Study Book List

"Longman provides numerous literary and theological insights into this period of history. He fills a gap by providing for a historical, readable, and up-to-date treatment of the two books. . . . This volume is recommended for any serious student of Jeremiah and Lamentations."--Larry J. Waters, Bibliotheca Sacra