Walking the Ancient Paths: A Commentary on Jeremiah – Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

“The weeping prophet” is one of the most beloved prophets in the Old Testament, mostly due to the emotion and realness that we find when reading Jeremiah, and his passion and calling to follow the Lord in the midst of incredible trials. Walter Kaiser Jr. has given us a wonderful commentary on the book of Jeremiah that is just perfect for anyone wanting to know more about this prophet and the message he was called to present to God’s people.

I’ve been using this book in my devotions, slowly walking through Jeremiah and it has been such a great resource to have. With Jeremiah being such a large book, it can seem very intimidating to attempt to read and understand its message. Having this commentary has really helped by giving plenty of insight into each passage. It opens with a great introduction that explains the historical and cultural background as well as the theological themes in the book. Kaiser examines each verse of the text, and focuses on small passages at a time. Each section begins with Kaiser’s own translation of the text, followed by his commentary that includes applications, showing how the text is applicable to our daily lives now.

This is not a technical commentary, so it is easy-to-read and follow no matter where you are in your walk and understanding of the Word. In fact, this is one of the highlights for me. It is so accessible, yet takes the time to look deeply into each verse and section, not shrinking away from any hard passages.

This is a great place to start if you are looking for a commentary on Jeremiah! Don’t let the size of the book distract you (633 pages). It will draw you in and encourage you to dig more into God’s Word.

*This book was graciously provided by Lexham Press in exchange for an honest review.

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