Shelf Life Book Review: Jeremiah and Lamentations

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Jeremiah and Lamentations: Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
IVP Academic, 2013

Hetty Lalleman’s new volume, Jeremiah and Lamentations, replaces the 1973 edition in the Tyndale collection. This resource organizes each section of commentary into a three-part structure: “Context,” “Comment” and “Meaning.”


The “Context” sections reveal the significance of each passage within the biblical book as a whole. The “Comment” section contains a passage-by-passage analysis. Pastors will appreciate Lalleman’s commentary. For example, on Jeremiah 31:31–34, Lalleman says, “God did not break [the covenant]; the people did. Yet God does what was impossible in treaties between human lords and vassals: this Lord makes a new covenant” (233). Serious Bible students will appreciate that Lalleman’s commentary, while not technical, explores Hebrew words and places in the text where the Hebrew and Greek texts differ.

If you’re looking for specific application of Jeremiah and Lamentations to a 21st-century context, you may want to supplement research with other commentaries. The “Meaning” section tends to focus on the ancient context. However, Jeremiah and Lamentations succeeds in expositing the text so we can make applications on our own.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation . Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 5