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The Book of Jeremiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) 2nd Revised ed. Edition

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phillip H. Steiger VINE VOICE on October 15, 2005
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Thompson's commentary is a beautiful combination of scholarship and devotion. Of the commentaries and study guides I have used in preparing sermons on Jeremiah, this has been the richest source of help. I appreciate this series of commentaries for its evangelical commitments as well as its willingness to deal with most of the critical issues surrounding each book, and Thompson handles those issues deftly while keeping an eye on the pastoral angle of Jeremiah. In my opinion, this is a "must have" for the serious pastor or student working their way through Jeremiah.
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This commentary, unlike many, offers interpretation without making ridiculous applications to modern day events and attempts to interpret from the view of the reader in Jeremiah's day. I recommend the book to any serious student of scripture.
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Jeremiah is one of the more difficult books to interpret. Since the book is not in a chronological or logical order it is difficult to place each of Jeremiah's sermons within the time frame that it was written. The author has given us a scholarly understanding of Jeremiah, yet in a form that is enjoyable to read. This is by far the best commentary on Jeremiah I have read.
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Despite its length, the book of Jeremiah is often overlooked in both preaching and Bible study. Much of that is probably due to the relative obscurity of the occasion for the writing of the poetic material that comprises a significant portion of the book. That is why a good commentary on Jeremiah is a must. Thankfully we have one in J.A. Thompson's contribution to the New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT). This commentary, originally published in 1980, was one of the first commentaries of the NICOT series. It remains one of the best in that series as well as being as good as I have found on the book of Jeremiah.

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.
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Thompson's work on Jeremiah is both technical and pastoral in how he writes the commentary. It was technical in that he gives good background on much of the original language and a lot of historical background into what was happening in and around Israel and Judah during the life of Jeremiah.

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.

Enjoy!
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This was the first time I have done a thorough reading of the Book of Jeremiah and J.A. Thompson's book was very informative. One got a true sense of what the text was saying and when it occurred, but since the pattern of the Biblical book was pretty much on a singuglar topic, J.A. Thompson's work became repetitious. One came to expect what was going to happen next in response to who did what. Thonpson truly stayed within the bounds of the text, only dealing with that which was pertinent, yet on one or two occassions greater application could have been drawn.
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This is a well written commentary. This book is academic but will be accessible to the lay person wishing to learn more about the prophet. I have found it indispensable for doing exegetical work, both for academic writing and sermon preparation.
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