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Song of Songs / Lamentations (Word Biblical Commentary) Hardcover – March 12, 2004


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  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849908256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849908255
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul R. House is professor of biblical studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He holds degrees from Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Missouri, the University of Missouri, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Sperling on February 16, 2011
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Volume 23B of the WBC Series covers the Song of Songs written by Duane A. Garrett and Lamentations by Paul R. House. Garrett's part of the commentary is 266 pages long and House's is 206 pages. This review is of Lamentations.

House has written a thorough and up-to-date commentary on Lamentations. It is outstanding and one of the best commentaries that I have read. House has also written an excellent commentary on 1 & 2 Kings (NAC), an Old Testament Survey, and an Old Testament Theology.

The first 10 pages of the commentary consist of the preface, a commentary bibliography, and a general bibliography. These are followed by a 51-page introduction covering topics such as authorship and date, liturgical uses, poetic form and meter, place in the canon, and genre. This introduction is so good that I could write a review just on it. For example, in the section on authorship and date, House says that Lamentations is traditionally thought to have been written by the prophet Jeremiah, but most scholars believe that Lamentations was composed by several authors or compilers. He then does an extremely thorough survey of what scholars have said through the years, beginning with Introductions to the Old Testament, quoting S. R. Driver, Otto Eissfeldt, R. K. Harrison, and Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman, among others. He next surveys commentaries, monographs, and articles, citing commentators such as John Calvin, C. F. Keil, Hermann Gunkel, and Claus Westermann.

Finally House gives his own opinion. He thinks that Lamentations was composed between the time of the fall of Jerusalem (587 B.C.) and the rebuilding of the temple (520-515 B.C.) by a single individual who loved the people of God very much, but who was grieved by their troubles because they were self-inflected woes.
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