Lamentations: A Mentor Commentary
Lamentations: A Mentor Commentary

Lamentations: A Mentor Commentary

in Mentor Commentaries

by John L. Mackay

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Pages 240 pages
Publisher Mentor
Published 2008
ISBN-13 9781845503635
The five chapters of Lamentations may be easily overlooked. Not only is it brief, but it is also sandwiched between the two giants of Old Testament prophecy, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Lamentations also deals with realities which we rather wish were not discussed - consequently the book is little studied. However, although there much here to challenge faith, there is much that builds it up. Lamentations was not written in the first instance to serve as warning to others, or to even keep alive the present memory of past suffering, it is the present that dominates the thought of the book.

And in that present are overiding thoughts - 'has God left us?'; 'Have we blown our chance as God's covenant people?' 'Is there a way forward towards the restoration?' A popular view today is that Lamentations is a dreary book with nothing to say to today's society. The reality is that it could not be more relevant, more authentic. Mentor combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. This unique combinations allows the reader to see what recent scholarly research has discovered without losing sight of scripture.


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This new commentary is a great contribution to the existing works on Lamentations. Mackay is always insightful and practical. Thorough but not overly technical. [Full Review]