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 collect all of the suitable aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual at the very least archaeological, historic, literary and theological, to assist the reader comprehend the that means of the books of the outdated and New Testaments.
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1 is different from that in chs. 2, 3 and 4 raises the possibility that the authorship of the ﬁrst chapter differed from that of chs. 2, 3 and 4. The fact that ch. 5 is the only poem which is not an acrostic, has a different metre and form from chs. 1–4, and that ch. 3 differs in genre from the other chapters has a bearing on the debate. Furthermore, if the view of Rudolph (1962, 209)—that ch. 1 was written just after 597 BCE and not after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE—could be sustained, the case for single authorship is further weakened.
I do not think it is enough to say that similar circumstances lead to similar products. Israel lived in the ancient Near East. The Fertile Crescent invited and saw the movement of peoples between Palestine and Mesopotamia. 31), and she shared something of the creation and ﬂood stories with her eastern neighbours; and although the people of Yahweh sought eventually to distance themselves from the polytheistic culture which surrounded them, they were part and parcel of that ancient world. As Gerstenberger (2001, 469) says ‘…Israel had been living in a common Near Eastern cultural sphere for centuries before the exile.
Thinks that Jeremiah wrote only chs. 2 and 4, while Ewald (326) rejects Jeremian authorship entirely and attributes the book to ‘Barûkh oder ein anderer’. It would seem, therefore, that the ﬁrst questioning of Jeremian authorship—by von der Hardt (1712, )—had, to some extent, fallen on deaf ears or had not been taken seriously, in that a full century had elapsed before the question was raised 8 INTRODUCTION 5 declares ‘…I know not how the conclusion can be escaped, that Jeremiah could not have written the Lamentations’.
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Lamentations by R. B. Salters