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The Message of Lamentations: Honest to God (BST)

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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 all 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, the city of Zion, and the temple of God of Israel. It is out of that unspeakable pain that Lamentations speaks in poetry of astonishing beauty and intricacy, though soaked in tears.

If we neglect this book, says Christopher J.H. Wright, we miss the challenge and reward of wrestling with the massive theological issues that permeate it. How can suffering be endured alongside faith in an all-loving, good God? Even if these events are recognized and accepted as God’s judgment, has not the flood of brutality and evil gone beyond all bounds? If anarchy, death, and destruction stalk the land, can the center of Israel’s faith in the covenant God of faithfulness and mercy hold? He shows that as Christian readers we must not, and cannot, isolate Lamentations from the rest of the Bible, and, equally, that we should not read the rest of the Bible without Lamentations. We must still let it speak for itself as a book for today.

Key Features

  • Applies the truth of Scripture to everyday life in the contemporary world
  • Engages a variety of readers with accessible, nontechnical language
  • Analyzes the flow of thought in passage-by-passage exposition of Old Testament books
  • Provides insightful treatment of key themes
  • Title: The Message of Lamentations: Honest to God
  • Author: Christopher J. H. Wright
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 166
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Lamentations › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:BST25LAM
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-15T17:25:34Z

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Christopher J.H. Wright is the international ministry director of Langham Partnership. He was formerly principal of All Nations Christian College, and taught at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. His books include Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, The Message of Ezekiel, the New International Biblical Commentary on Deuteronomy, and The Mission of God’s People.

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