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Order of Contents

Best  2
More  8
Early Church  1
Medieval Church  1
Lam. 5  1
In Poetry  2
Authenticity of  1

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The Best Commentaries on Lamentations

1600’s

Hull, John – Exposition upon part of Lamentations  1618
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Hull (c.1570-1627) was reformed.
 
***“Full of quaintnesses.  Marrowy throughout.” – Spurgeon

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Intermediate
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Lange’s Commentary – Lamentations  by Dr. C.W. Nagelsbach
 
*** “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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More Commentaries on Lamentations

1600’s
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Broughton, Hugh – The Lamentations of Jeremy translated, with Explications  1608
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Broughton (1549-1612) was a reformed Anglican.
 
* “Incomprehensible.  One of Broughton’s wilder pieces.  It may as well die.” – Spurgeon
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Udall (c.1560-1592) was a reformed puritan.
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**“In this extremely rare work the author has labored after brevity, and has given the abridgment of many discourses; hence, to those who can procure it, it is all the more useful.” – Spurgeon

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Brief & Practical

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

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

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Intermediate
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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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Lowth, William – Commentary on Lamentations  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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Smith, Payne – Lamentations 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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Smith, Thornley – ‘The Prophet’s Lamentations’  18 pp., being ch. 16 of his The Prophet of Sorrow; or, Life and Times of Jeremiah, pp. 214-232  1875
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** “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
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Keil, C.F. – Commentary on Lamentations  1866-91
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**“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 Lamentations

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

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The Medieval Church

Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on Lamentations

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Lamentations 5
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Swift, Daniel – Zion’s Sufferings: an Exposition of Lamentations 5  1654
 
**“Strong, rough, coarse.  Excessively rare.” – Spurgeon
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Lamentations in Poetry  2

See the subsection on Lamentations on our Bible in Poetry page.

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The Authenticity of Lamentations

Keil, C.F. – ‘The Author, Time of Composition and Position in the Canon’  15 pp.  in Commentary on the Old Testament: the Prophecies of Jeremiah

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