Song of Songs, Lamentations
Song of Songs, Lamentations

Song of Songs, Lamentations

in Word Biblical Commentary

by Duane A. Garrett and Paul R. House

4.41 Rank Score: 6.21 from 17 reviews, 5 featured collections, and 20 user libraries
Pages 496
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Published 1/1/2004
ISBN-13 9780849908255


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A faithful and theologically rich exploration of the moving poetry of Lamentations. House delves into scholarly debates without losing the theological significance of the book. The translation footnotes as well as the structural, metrical, and form analyses are great for readers with excellent Hebrew skills. The comment and explanation sections bring the fruit of the scholarly inquiry into focus for all readers. [Full Review]
Zach Olson Zach Olson May 19, 2022
Easily the best commentary on Lamentations, and it seems like everyone agrees on this. Quite insightful. I have not used it for Son of Songs, but I always thoroughly enjoy Duane Garrett's work.
Zach Olson Zach Olson February 10, 2021
I used this for class, and I found it to be quite remarkably helpful in understanding the wonderful poetry in this book. Lamentations oftentimes feels like an aside for biblical commentators, but this commentary does not do this such thing.
Literary Sparks Literary Sparks December 26, 2017
Shop around before using this commentary. Much better commentaries available.
Phill Phill December 10, 2017
Fantastic detailed introduction. Even where I differ I am engaging with a well thought through well argued case and has left me much richer because of the process.
Mike DaVoice Mike DaVoice November 6, 2017
Structure was my biggest problem (121 page introduction!!!). For months this was my only Song of Songs commentary. Just couldn't take it anymore. Bought several more and now I never use this. Sorry, but it's true.
Tim Challies Tim Challies February 10, 2014
The WBC always seems to come with a warning about its unfortunate and unhelpful format. Still, many of the volumes are excellent, and the volume on Lamentations is said to be one of them (Garrett prepared the commentary on Song of Songs and House prepared the commentary on Lamentations). Keith Mathison says, “He deals with every aspect of the text and digs into the theology of the book. Although somewhat technical, it is very useful.” This sounds like as good a place to begin as any. [Full Review]
Marcus Maher Marcus Maher January 27, 2013
Garrett, along with Murphy, is probably the place to go for detailed discussion of the Hebrew. Garrett approaches the Song as if it actually was just that, a song. He assigns every verse either to the man, the woman, or the chorus and tries to give a picture of how the Song would be performed. I found this interesting. Unfortunately, Garrett also approaches the Song as if it had a plot, that it's telling the story of a couple about to and then actually getting married. Exum provides a good refutation of this approach in her introduction. I also think he strains the evidence at times to make it fit his plot. Also, for lack of a better way to put it, the commentary feels very male. The way he discusses sex sounds very male and I believe he makes assumptions about the way women experience sex that overgeneralizes (I say this with caution, as I too am a male). Even with these caveats, I still found Garrett useful and for the most part careful and fair in his discussions. His writing style is a bit dry but I did enjoy the commentary. [Full Review]
Aside from the standard drawbacks of the WBC format, the commentary by House on the book of Lamentations is the best place to begin. He deals with every aspect of the text and digs into the theology of the book. Although somewhat technical, it is very useful. [Full Review]
John Glynn John Glynn September 20, 2008
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Brian LeStourgeon Brian LeStourgeon July 29, 2008
Garrett's contribution is outstanding. Engaging, cogent, erudite, technical, expositional, and useful. This should become the commentary of record on Songs. House will tell you everything technical and academic you ever wanted to know about Lamentations, but is not as useful expositionally. Since you will purchase this volume for Song of Songs, use it with a popular commentary like Walter Kaiser’s very good A Biblical Approach to Personal Suffering (Moody, 1982) and you’ll be set.
Thoroughly researched, evenly balanced, and reasonable application of the text by an Evangelical scholar (Garrett writes on the Song) who has produced his second major commentary on this book in eleven years. [Full Review]