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Mentor Commentary: Lamentations: Living in the Ruins
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Mentor Commentary: Lamentations: Living in the Ruins


Mentor 2008

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The Mentor Commentary Series combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. This unique combination allows the reader to see what recent scholarly research has discovered without losing sight of the inerrancy of Scripture. Uncover the meaning of Scripture, and clarify its relevance for your life today. Grasp the significance of the Bible for our times. And discover the richness of Scripture with detailed commentary, thorough exegesis, and probing questions on literary, interpretive, and contextual issues.

The five chapters of Lamentations may be easily overlooked. Not only is the book brief, but it is also sandwiched between the two giants of Old Testament prophecy, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Lamentations also deals with realities which we rather wish were not discussed—consequently it is little studied. However, although there much here to challenge faith, there is much that builds it up. Lamentations was not written in the first instance to serve as warning to others, or to even keep alive the present memory of past suffering. It is the present that dominates the thought of the book. And in that present are overriding thoughts—“Has God left us?” “Have we blown our chance as God’s covenant people?” “Is there a way forward towards the restoration?” John L. MacKay skillfully answers these questions and more.

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Key Features

  • Provides exposition that builds the faith of the reader
  • Discusses how the book was first written as a way to keep alive the collective consciousness of the community
  • Examines these passages in a way that provides comfort in times of struggle


  • Chapter 1
    • Grief Observed
    • Grief Felt
  • Chapter 2
    • Under the Cloud of the Lord’s Anger
    • Distressed at Jerusalem’s Plight
    • Zion’s Plea
  • Chapter 3
    • The Agony of Suffering
    • Moving Out of Darkness
    • Self-Examination, Complaint and Grief
    • Prayer Based on Past Experience
  • Chapter 4
    • Zion’s Continuing Torment
    • Rejected by the Lord
    • Helpless Is Man’s Aid
    • The Destiny of Edom and Zion
  • Chapter 5
    • A Plea for Attention
    • Restore Us!

Praise for the Print Edition

John MacKay’s Lamentations is a good commentary for preaching. MacKay is aware of the issues but does not get bogged down in technicalities. Lamentations often is neglected, so this will be helpful.

—2009 Preaching Survey of Bibles and Bible References

Product Details

  • Title: Mentor Commentary: Lamentations
  • Author: John L. MacKay
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 240

About John L. MacKay

John L. MacKay is the principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh and internationally known as an Old Testament scholar. He is also in demand for church retreats where his skill in the practical exposition and application of doctrine are well respected.

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