Tuesday, April 18, 2017

From Sorrow to Hope Project

One of my goals for 2017 was to read a commentary on Jeremiah. I recently finished Jeremiah and Lamentations: From Sorrow to Hope by Philip Graham Ryken.

It was very clear and readable with an emphasis on God's glory and application to current events. It read like a series of sermons rather than an academic text, but drew from scholarship.
If I were to recommend a commentary on Jeremiah, it would be Michael Brown's from the Expositor's Bible Commentary series, but Ryken's was a very good read, and by far the most accessible commentary on Jeremiah I've seen.

I was looking for a commentary I could read daily in small sections, and Ryken's is formatted in ten page chapters for each section of verses tackled. It worked well as a daily devotional reading. It may be a little more academic than what most people want for daily reading, but I would like to see more folks try this. Not all commentaries are reference works. Some are meant to be read cover to cover and this is one of them.

One of the things that has helped me read through larger academic volumes is Goodreads.com. Goodreads lets me track my progress with update bars. After reading, I enter in the page number and watch the percentage and progress bar advance. It may not work for everyone, but I find small mental rewards like this motivating and rewarding. I hope you find a readable commentary, maybe the Preaching the Word series, a shot.

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