Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Lamentations by Dianne Bergant

By Dianne Bergant

The Abingdon previous testomony Commentaries sequence deals compact, severe commentaries on the entire books of the outdated testomony. as well as delivering basic details on and insights into outdated testomony writings, those commentaries exemplify the projects and strategies of cautious, serious exegesis in order to help scholars of the outdated testomony in coming to an educated engagement of the biblical texts themselves. those commentaries are written with unique recognition to the desires and pursuits of theology scholars, yet they're going to even be precious for college kids in upper-level university or college settings, in addition to for pastors and different church leaders.

Each quantity comprises 4 components:
-- an creation that addresses the foremost matters raised via the writing; the literary style, constitution, and personality of the writing; the occasional and situational context of the writing, together with its wider social and old context; and the theological and moral importance of the writing inside of those numerous contexts
-- a observation at the textual content, prepared by way of literary devices, overlaying literary research, exegetical research, and theological and moral analysis
-- an annotated bibliography
-- a quick topic index

Bergant's remark opens to scholars and pastors the visceral poetry of Lamentations, a ebook that plumbs the intensity of biblical Israel's depression over the destruction of Jerusalem. the safety of Jerusalem signaled divine safeguard of the total country, so Jerusalem's destruction used to be perceived as an indication that God had deserted the whole humans. The publication of Lamentations is a cry to God for mercy. The horrors designated inside of its 5 brief chapters demonstrate the level of human cruelty and the resiliency of the human spirit to undergo such cruelty. in contrast to many biblical books, Lamentations ends on an unresolved word. Will God finally pay attention the cry of the folks? Will God, as in days passed by, step in with mercy and salvation?

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