- Series: New International Commentary on the Old Testament
- Hardcover: 831 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; 2nd Revised ed. edition (January 31, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802825303
- ISBN-13: 978-0802825308
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.9 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Book of Jeremiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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Thompson does an excellent job of placing the various poetic passages within the context of the events that Jeremiah was dealing with during the time when the Southern Kingdom was crumbling under the weight of foreign invaders as well as its own sinfulness and ineptitude, as well as its weak-willed rulers. Written in an easy to understand and lively fashion, which makes it a good commentary for the layperson, it also contains a significant number of scholarly insights that will prove beneficial to the serious student as well.
The commentary on the text itself is nearly 650 pages. In addition, there is an extensive introductory section of approximately 120 pages, dealing with the structure and composition of the book, various exegetical issues, and the life and message of Jeremiah, among other topics. This rather longish introduction provides important information for interpreting the book of Jeremiah and itself is a sufficient reason for buying the book.
The first 135 pages of the commentary are just background information on what is happening in Israel and Judah that leads to Jeremiah's calling as a prophet and then his subsequent ministry. After that introduction Thompson then goes into a section by section commentary on the actual book of Jeremiah. He does a great job of giving us insight into how Jeremiah is feeling, how he is in anguish because of the sins of Israel, but also how much he loves the people and intercedes for them with the Lord.
The book of Jeremiah is highly complex. It seems disjointed at times because it jumps around from time period to time period. But Thompson does a good job of helping you navigate through those time frames and the different styles of writing. He fully explains what is happening and why the change in writing style.
He also gives good insight for Pastor's on how to help their congregation learn lessons for today from this work.
I really have enjoyed this work and have found that it is one of the most useful works that I have used in preparing my lessons for Jeremiah. If you enjoy technical commentaries you will enjoy this. Please understand it is not a quick easy read. It requires your attention and devotion to wanting to study deeply, but you won't be disappointed if you put the effort into reading, thinking and understanding the word of the Lord as presented in Jeremiah.