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Finalist in the ECPA 2009 Christian Book Awards program in the Bible Reference and Study category
The New International Biblical Commentary (NIBC) offers the best of contemporary scholarship in a format useful both for general readers and serious students.
Based on the widely used New International Version translation, the NIBC presents careful section-by-section exposition with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. A separate section of notes at the close of each chapter provides additional textual and technical comments. Each commentary also includes a selected bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes.
"Longman has added another fine commentary to his credit with this volume in the NIBC series. The complexity and sheer volume of Jeremiah ,Lamentations are well known, but Longman's presentation controls the material admirably, while also producing an extremely accessible, manageable commentary."
and mdash;Pete Enns, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics, Westminster Theological Seminary
"Tremper Longman's work is a thoughtful guide that brings readers along almost like a companion in conversation. When reading Longman one is given access to several contexts for an informed understanding. The historical contexts impacting Jeremiah and Lamentations are discussed, the literary contexts that shape the forms of expression are explicated, and the canonical context in which the books are rooted is frequently noted. Taken together, these assist the reader in coming to grips with two Scriptural works, and at the same time, being grasped by them."
and mdash;J. Andrew Dearman, Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Expert help for understanding the Bible
Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.
Jeremiah is a long and complex book, written in the closing years of Judah before the exile. Longman provides clear and accessible commentary drawing out covenant as a central theme: the people's violation, the consequences, and the promise of a new covenant to come. He also provides solid help for understanding and applying the ancient genre of lament found in Lamentations.
Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He is the author of Fictional Akkadian Autobiography, Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read the Psalms, Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, Old Testament Commentary Survey, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and God Is a Warrior.
Tremper Longman III is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He is a highly respected author of many books on the Bible, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, and Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs.
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