Jeremiah has a reputation for being one of the most difficult books in the Bible to read. Despite its dense and jumbled appearance, Stulman shows that Jeremiah is far more than a random accumulation of miscellaneous materials. Jeremiah is an artistic and symbolic tapestry held together by prose seams. In the first commentary to give the prose literature such strong attention, Stulman explains how the prophetic book reenacts the dismantling of Israel's most cherished social and symbolic systems. In doing so it speaks poignantly of the horrors of war and military occupation, as well as the resultant despair and anger.
Siege and deportation, however, do not signal the end for the people of God. As Jeremiah unfolds, seeds of hope begin to emerge. Such hope asserts that massive wreckage does not nullify God's love, that oppressive and murderous forces will not ultimately triumph, and that the suffering and sovereign God will sculpt new beginnings out of the ruin of fallen worlds.
"Mindful of the many, even conflicting voices in Jeremiah, Louis Stulman is yet able to reveal the larger structure in which these voices are embedded and the common theological issues that course through them. And he does so in a lucid and compelling way, achieving often an elegant and pungent expression that should make his commentary accessible and attractive to a wide circle of readers." Peter Machinist, Harvard University
"Mindful of the many, even conflicting voices in Jeremiah, Louis Stulman is yet able to reveal the larger structure in which these voices are embedded and the common theological issues that course through them. And he does so in a lucid and compelling way, achieving often an elegant and pungent expression that should make his commentary accessible and attractive to a wide circle of readers."
Peter Machinist, Harvard University
"By taking seriously Jeremiah’s present literary shape, Louis Stulman demonstrates an order within the text’s apparent chaos, and in this way he helps to highlight the prophet’s ethical and theological argument."
Robert R. Wilson, Yale University
"Arguing that Jeremiah represents coherence in the midst of chaos, Stulman maintains that the book attempts to discern and engage YHWH’s efforts to dismantle and rebuild Judah during the course of the Babylonian exile and the subsequent restoration. His assertion that Jeremiah is concerned with the question of theodicy in the light of national tragedy will undoubtedly stimulate debate among readers of this challenging prophetic book."
Marvin A. Sweeney, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University
"This is a commentary for readers who would like a succinct statement regarding the current state of Jeremiah studies and would appreciate having ready access to insightful textual studies that will serve them well in teaching and preaching."
Terence E. Fretheim, Luther Seminary, St. Paul
"This is a book to work through, and reflect upon, with a sense of gratitude both for the great prophet himself and for those modern scholars who have worked hard to understand the complexities of the book. It brings home awareness that the most precious of the Bible’s truths are not easily won. I commend it with enthusiasm."
Ronald E. Clements, King’s College, University of London