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The Message of Lamentations (The Bible Speaks Today Series)

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The destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 BC is the likely setting for the book of Lamentations. This was the most traumatic event in the whole of Old Testament history, with its extreme human suffering, devastation of the ancient city, national humiliation, and the undermining of all that was thought to be theologically guaranteed like the Davidic monarchy, t ...more
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published July 3rd 2015 by IVP Academic
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Kari West
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a balanced & poignant commentary on Lamentations. It gave me much to ponder on the necessity of grief & lament while still giving hopeful pointers to the faithfulness of God.
Michael Philliber
It’s an odd assertion, but it clearly appears to me that lament and grief have been escorted out of the Church Sanctuary, and in many cases, forced to the leave the premises altogether. Their absence brings many American churches to look plastic, and leaves an emotional hole in the soul of a congregation. If everything must be upbeat in a church, then after a while, only the enthused, and those who can fake enthusiasm, feel they have a place. All others are forced to weep and sorrow in the silen ...more
Jimmy Reagan
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is the latest entry in the Bible Speaks Today series by IVP. This is a natural assignment as he already gave us an outstanding volume on Jeremiah in this series. Mr. Wright writes as one in love with the text and it shows on every page. He highlights things that interest pastors and teachers rather than the esoteric information some more scholarly volumes bog down in. He understands where this series is aimed and beautifully delivers.

I thought this volume’s greatest feature was how he captu
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Louis Lapides
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more than a commentary of Lamentations, a much neglected book by Bible students. Perhaps we are fearful of the message of this book, mostly seen as an appendage of the prophecy of Jeremiah. Rather, Lamentations describes the aftermath of Jeremiah’s fulfilled predictions of the Babylonian invasion of Judaea and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.

Wright brings forth Lamentations as a biblical theology of suffering tied into the text of Scripture. This is not a book of theology but a w
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Paul Dubuc
During this Lenten season my scripture reading guide took me through the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. To get more out of my reading, I read along with The Message of Jeremiah by Derek Kidner and this exposition The Message of Lamentations by Christopher Wright. Both of these books helped my reading immensely. During a time when our world is threatened by widespread sickness, it's even more sobering to read of a time and place that was much more severe.

These books put their subject in hist
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Dan Waugh
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent commentary that helps you understand the poetry, but also feel the poetry of the book of Lamentations.
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This was one of my favorite commentaries on Lamentations.
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Christopher J.H. Wright, (born 1947) is a Anglican clergyman and an Old Testament scholar. He is currently the director of Langham Partnership International. He was the principal of All Nations Christian College. He is an honorary member of the All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, UK.

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