Lamentations (Mentor Commentary Series)
- Publisher John L. Mackay is Professor of Old Testament at The Free Church College, Edinburgh. He is the author of other acclaimed commentaries on Exodus and Jeremiah in the Mentor Commentary series as well as The Minor Prophets in the Focus on the Bible commentary series
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About "Lamentations (Mentor Commentary Series)"
The Book of Lamentations does not explicitly identify its author but the tradition is that the Prophet Jeremiah wrote it. This view is highly likely considering the author was a witness of the Babylonians destroying Jerusalem. Jeremiah fits this qualification (2 Chronicles 3525; 362122). It was most likely written between 586 and 575 B.C. The Book of Lamentations is divided into five chapters. Each chapter represents a separate poem. In the original Hebrew, the verses are acrostic, which each verse starting with a succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. A popular view is that Lamentations is a dreary book with nothing much to say to todays upbeat society. The reality is that it could not be more relevant. If you scratch beneath todays upbeat atheist you will discover a disillusioned hedonist wondering if the frantic hurtle down the wastepipe of life has been worth it
John L. Mackay is Professor of Old Testament at The Free Church College, Edinburgh. He is the author of other acclaimed commentaries on Exodus and Jeremiah in the Mentor Commentary series as well as The Minor Prophets in the Focus on the Bible commentary series
Meet the Author
John Mackay is International Director of 'Creation Research' and for three decades has been lecturing on God's creation and leading field trips on creation and Noah's flood around the globe. John takes a strong stand on the literal truth of the entire canon of Christian Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. He has a gift for communicating the Bible's teaching effectively to the ordinary person.
John has made several documentaries on evolution and broadcasts his Bible and Science teaching programs on cable networks in the US and Canada, and on TBN and SKY networks in the UK and Europe.
John has contended for a literal biblical Creation in public debates with leading mainstream scientists, including Oxford professor Richard Dawkins.
John has published many articles and has appeared widely on radio and TV, and in public seminars in universities, schools, and churches throughout the western world.