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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Further Reading

Basic Commentaries

Dobbs‐Allsopp, F. W. Lamentations. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2000. Excellent; scholarly, yet accessible to first‐time readers.

Fischer, James A., G.M. Song of Songs; Ruth; Lamentations; Ecclesiastes; Esther. Collegeville Bible Commentary 24. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1986. Very brief and good treatment.

Gottwald, Norman K. Lamentations. HarperCollins Bible Commentary, 577–82. San Francisco: Harper, 2000. Gottwald has long worked on Lamentations; this short commentary is the fruit of his labors.

Guinan, Michael D. Lamentations. New Jerome Biblical Commentary, 558–62. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. Balanced and concise.

Kodell, Jerome. O.S.B., Lamentations…Baruch. Old Testament Message. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier Inc., 1982. A good, though brief, exposition.

O'Connor, Kathleen M. Lamentations. New Interpreter's Bible 6. 1011–73. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2001. A fine analysis.

–––. Lamentations and the Tears of the World. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002. A perceptive commentary with reflections on the meaning of the book for today.

Advanced Commentary

Hillers, Delbert R. Lamentations. Anchor Bible 7A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1992. Interested in the linguistic questions and in comparable laments in the ancient world.

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