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Jeremiah: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

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ISBN-13: 978-1573120722
ISBN-10: 1573120723
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Written by caring and accomplished scholars with all students of Scripture in mind, this innovative series makes quality Bible study more accessible. Pastors, professors and students of Scripture are discovering that this commentary provides wonderful new tools for enhancing interpretation: informative sidebars, a wealth of fine art visuals, and a searchable CD containing the digital version of the entire work. The book of Jeremiah is the longest book in the Bible (in terms of words and verses) and is certainly one of the most complex. Yet for all of its difficulty, the book's depth of reflection on divine action and human response, as well as the range and rigor of its rhetoric, has kept the book very much alive in the religious communities that recognize its canonical stature. Indeed, its language of "new covenant" has left its mark on the very name of the larger biblical collection to which it belongs. Jeremiah is a commentary on a prophetic book that presents many difficult literary, historical, and theological issues for the reader. After a lengthy introduction, this commentary works with sections as a whole, rather than proceeding verse by verse. The commentary focuses on literary and theological issues with the added intention of providing thoughtful reflections for those who would preach and teach these texts. In this volume of the highly successful Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Series, renowned Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim expertly leads his readers through the difficulties to find the book of Jeremiah as one of grace and hope for today's world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573120723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573120722
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence E. Fretheim is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Fretheim is the author of The Suffering God (Fortress Press) and coauthor of The Bible as Word of God (Fortress Press).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Tankersley on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Terence Fretheim is known in theological circles as an open theist, Hebrew Bible scholar (a rare combo!). He does a masterful job of demonstrating how one could read Jeremiah and deal with issues such as sovreignty, the prophet's uneasiness, and the suffering of God. Fretheim points out that the God of Jeremiah is full of both ethos and pathos; this is a God who does not glibly pass on judgment, but feels immense heartache at the people's disregard for YHWH.

The issue that I most had with this commentary is that Fretheim seems to be constantly trying to argue why other commentators are wrong. Nearly every single chapter includes a footnote that includes the words "Contrary to..." His most frequent victim is Walter Brueggemann. This is not an issue that should deter someone from utilizing the commentary, but it's good to be aware that you are going to experience a great deal of commentary-on-commentary dialogue (sure sounds exciting, huh?)

As with all of the other volumes in the Smyth & Helwys series, this commentary is full of helpful illustrations, sidebars, and indexes. While the volume is very pricey, it's worth it, folks.

This should be your commentary on Jeremiah.
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