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Adrian Frost | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Apr 22 2010 1:43 AM

Hello, I'm looking for some help on commentaries about the book of Lamentations. I already have a couple of the more expositional commentaries - NAC and Preacher's but I'm looking to add the WBC commentary by House and Garrett.

Could somebody who has this commentary tell me how much of the book is devoted to Lamentations and how much to Song of Songs? It would also be helpful to me to know how detailed this book is. Although NAC and Preacher's are great commentaries they don't have a lot of detail - particularly on a couple of points where I'm feeling a bit stuck :)

Thank you!

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 22 2010 1:47 AM

Lamentations starts at page 266. There are 473 pages total. Below is the TOC

LAMENTATIONS
Author’s Preface
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY
Commentary Bibliography
General Bibliography
INTRODUCTION
CONSIDERING LAMENTATIONS
TEXT
AUTHORSHIP AND DATE
Introductions to the Old Testament
Commentaries, Monographs, and Articles
Conclusion
LITURGICAL USES
PLACE IN THE CANON
POETIC FORM AND METER
Acrostic Format
Poetic Meter
LAMENTATIONS AND ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN PARALLELS
GENRE: LAMENT AND ACROSTIC
THEOLOGICAL PURPOSES IN LAMENTATIONS
God, the People of God, and Their Suffering
God and Jerusalem/Zion
God and the Nations
God and Prayer
Conclusion
TEXT AND COMMENTARY
HOW SHE DWELLS ALONE! (1:1–22)
HOW THE LORD HAS CLOUDED THE DAUGHTER OF ZION! (2:1–22)
I AM THE MAN (3:1–66)
HOW THE GOLD HAS TARNISHED! (4:1–22)
REMEMBER, O LORD (5:1–22)
Garrett, D. (2004). Vol. 23B: Word Biblical Commentary : Song of Songs/ Lamentations. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

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Adrian Frost | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 22 2010 1:48 AM

Thank you, that is really helpful. Looks like Lamentations makes up a decent chunk of the book.

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 22 2010 2:40 AM

I think that the WBC is one of the better commentaries out there for Lamentations. It's both technical and Evangelical.

I know that you said you already had a couple exposition driven commentaries, but may I suggest you also look into the NIV Application and Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (TOTC) resources for Lamentations. They both offer more spiritual depth and insight than the NAC.

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Adrian Frost | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 22 2010 4:07 AM

Thank you for your advice Joshua.

I have the Tyndale series on order but as yet it has not arrived and is unlikely to be here before I get my work done on Lamentations. However, it looks as though the WBC volume will be worth the price of admission.

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