By R. B. Salters
For over 100 years overseas severe Commentaries have had a different position between works in English at the Bible. they've got sought to assemble all of the correct aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual at the least archaeological, historic, literary and theological, to aid the reader comprehend the that means of the books of the outdated and New Testaments.
The new commentaries proceed this custom. New facts now to be had, in addition to new equipment of research, could be included within the convinced expectation that there'll be a fair larger want for such commentaries within the twenty-first century than there was within the past.
No test has been made to safe a uniform theological or severe method of the biblical textual content: individuals were invited for his or her scholarly contrast, now not for his or her adherence to anyone tuition of concept. it truly is was hoping that the hot volumes will reach the excessive criteria in their predecessors and give a contribution considerably to the certainty of the books of the Bible.
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Extra info for A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Lamentations
2 A glance at Knox’s translation (see below, Alphabetic Acrostics), which aims merely to reproduce the alphabetic element, should bring such aspirations down to earth. 1 2 LAMENTATIONS In the fourth section I launch into the exegetical commentary. I take the text verse by verse, citing Hebrew words and phrases and offering an explanation of disputed passages. This section also involves the Versions (insofar as they reﬂect the exegetical decisions made by the translators) and, when it is thought appropriate, the history of interpretation up to recent commentaries.
The latter viewpoint was maintained in English-speaking scholarship, and Streane (1881, 358) declared ‘…we conclude that Jeremiah was beyond question the writer of the Book’. ) and S. R Driver (1913a, 461-65) eventually inclined to the views of Ewald and Nägelsbach, but English translations appearing as late as 1952 (RSV —‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’) continued to assume Jeremian authorship, though more recent ones (NEB, JB, NRSV, NIV) are content with the title ‘Lamentations’. If the latter are right in distancing themselves from connections with Jeremiah, how did that link come about and in what circumstances?
It has closest afﬁnities with the language of Ezekiel and so should probably be dated in the sixth century. His ﬁnal paragraph (36) suggests a terminus ad quem as 520 BCE, but he adds ‘or even somewhat later’; and in the ﬁnal footnote he draws back, preferring to date the poems earlier rather than later in the period 587–520. 16 Cf. e. ) to which they [the poems] allude, we should be able to say very much about when they were composed’. ) argued that ch. 1 was composed shortly after 597 BCE, but most commentators are unconvinced.
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Lamentations by R. B. Salters