A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming

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Jeremiah's poignant lament over Judah's social and religious disintegration reflects God's own pathos-laden yearning for his disobedient covenant people. In this widely praised expository commentary Walter Brueggemann, one of the premier Old Testament scholars of our time, explores the historical setting and message of Jeremiah as well as the text's relevance for the church today.Offering a fresh look at the critical theological issues in the Jeremiah tradition, Brueggemann argues that Jeremiah's voice compels us...

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Overview

Jeremiah's poignant lament over Judah's social and religious disintegration reflects God's own pathos-laden yearning for his disobedient covenant people. In this widely praised expository commentary Walter Brueggemann, one of the premier Old Testament scholars of our time, explores the historical setting and message of Jeremiah as well as the text's relevance for the church today.Offering a fresh look at the critical theological issues in the Jeremiah tradition, Brueggemann argues that Jeremiah's voice compels us to rediscern our own situation, issuing an urgent invitation to faith, obedience, justice, and compassion.This combined edition of Brueggemann's original two-volume work, published until recently as part of the International Theological Commentary series, is an essential resource for students, pastors, and general readers alike. It is reprinted here with a new introduction by Brueggemann that surveys the current state of Jeremiah studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Hebrew Studies
"The pastor and the seminary student will find this book a very welcome addition to their library. Brueggemann's exposition of the text is adequate in its detail, and always lucid. Helpful footnotes direct the reader to further reading on historical background and scholarly viewpoints.... This book is a very readable guide to Jeremiah and will appeal to a broad section of the market."
Religious Studies Review
The author challenges us to explore the voice of Jeremiah that is so powerful and compelling, so passionate and uncompromising in its anguish and hope, that it requires our submission to the text for a fresh discernment.... A standard work for seminary students and pastors in parish contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802802804
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/6/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 526
  • Sales rank: 961,288
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

The William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of numerous biblical commentaries and scholarly works, including A Social Reading of the Old Testament, The Threat of Life, Theology of the Old Testament, and The Prophetic Imagination.

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