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Order of Contents

The Best Commentary  1
Commentaries  7+
Early Church  3
On Jeremiah Generally  2
Life & Times of Jeremiah  5
The Messianic Portions of  1
Authenticity of  2

 

 

The Best Commentary on Jeremiah

Lange’s Commentary – Jeremiah  by Dr. C.W. Nagelsbach  1800’s
 
*** “Whoever becomes possessed of this great work will have, in a comprehensive form, the results of all ancient and modern exegesis, with an apparatus criticus of surprising copiousness.” – British Quarterly Review, as quoted by Spurgeon

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Commentaries on Jeremiah

Simple, Practical & Devotional, 1900’s

Erdman, Charles – The Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations  Buy  1955

‘A clear analysis of both books.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Morgan, G. Campbell – Studies in the Prophecy of Jeremiah  Buy  1931

‘Expository messages by one of the great preachers of all time.  Amillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Thomson, John – The Word of the Lord in Jeremiah  Buy  1959  20 pp.  Tyndale Press

‘A thematic study.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Intermediate
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1700’s
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Lowth, William – Commentary on Jeremiah  1718
 
**“This forms a part of what is known as Bishop Patrick’s Commentary.  Orme says that Lowth is ‘one of the most judicious commentators on the prophets, and he never prophesies of himself.’  We wish we could say this of all writers on prophetic subjects.” – Spurgeon
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1800’s
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Smith, Payne – Jeremiah in Speaker’s Commentary, ed. F.C. Cook  1875
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“We would call special attention to the volume of the Speaker’s Commentary upon this book.  It is by Dr. Payne Smith, Dean of Canterbury, and deserves much praise.” – Spurgeon
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Von Orelli, Conrad – The Prophecies of Jeremiah  1889  406 pp.  Reprinted by Klock & Klock  Advanced observations are kept to the footnotes.
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‘A moderately conservative exegetical and expository work.’ – Cyril J. Barber see comments on old test. prophecy

On his work on prophecy:  “By one of the best German commentators and a contributor to ISBE [The International Standard Bible Encyclopdia].  Fairly reliable, but makes some concessions to those who espouse liberal views.” – Cyril J. Barber

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1900’s
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Laetsch, Theodore – Bible Commentary: Jeremiah  Buy  1952  410 pp.  Concordia

Laetsch was a conservative Lutheran.

‘An adequate explanation of the indictment upon Judah for her corruption, immorality, materialism, idolatry, covetousness, and indifferent.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Advanced
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Blayney, Benjamin – Jeremiah and Lamentations, New Translation, with Notes  1836  The commentary begins on p. 221
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**  “Blayney belonged to a past school of clever men, too apt to suggest new readings, and more able to appreciate literary beauties than spiritual teachings.  He was a zealous follower of Lowth, but he lacked the fine taste and poetic genius of his master.” – Spurgeon
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Keil, C.F. – Commentary on Jeremiah
 
** “We have already indicated the direction in which Keil is serviceable.  For exact interpretation he is esteemed, but he is too cold and formal ever to be a favorite.” – Spurgeon

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The Early Church on Jeremiah

Compilation

Wenthe, Dean – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Jeremiah, Lamentations  Buy

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Individual Fathers

Jerome – Commentary on Jeremiah  Buy

Origen – Homilies on Jeremiah and 1 Kings 28  Buy

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The Medieval Church

Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on Jeremiah

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On Jeremiah Generally

Godet, Frederic – ‘Jeremiah’  1882  6 pp. in Studies in the Old Testament, pp. 155-161

Payne, J. Barton – “The Arrangement of Jeremiah’s Prophecies,”  Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society 7.4 (Fall 1964): 131
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The Life & Times of Jeremiah

Devotional
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Meyer, F.B. – Jeremiah: Priest and Prophet  200 pp.
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Meyer (1847–1929) was an English, baptist pastor who wrote numerous, very good devotional works.
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Whyte, Alexander – Jeremiah  in Bible Characters  d. 1921 
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Intermediate
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Smith, Thornley – The Prophet of Sorrow; or, Life and Times of Jeremiah  1875  340 pp.
 
**“Not a commentary; but as it casts light on the character and times of the prophet it deserves a place here.” – Spurgeon
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Advanced

Cheyne, T.K. – The Life and Times of Jeremiah  1888  220 pp.

Cheyne was a liberal Oxford professor.

‘Liberal.  Contains a considerable amount of valuable material.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Keil, C.F. 

‘The Person of the Prophet’  10 pp. in ‘Introduction’ to The Prophecies of Jeremiah

Keil was a conservative.

‘The Times of Jeremiah’  10 pp.

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The Messianic Portions of Jeremiah

Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘Messianic Predictions in Jeremiah’  1856  112 pp.  in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 2, pp. 361-473  Hengstenberg comments on chs: 3:14-17; 23:1-8; 31:31-40; 33:14-26

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The Authenticity of Jeremiah

Allis, O.T. – A Modernistic View of Jeremiah  1925  51 pp.

Keil, C.F. – ‘The Genuineness of the Book and the Integrity of the Masoretic Text’  6 pp.  in ‘Introduction’ to The Prophecies of Jeremiah

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