Jeremiah, Lamentations – J. Daniel Hays – Teach the Text | Review, Summary, Video

Teach the Text Jeremiah LamentationsJ. Daniel Hays wrote the Jeremiah-Lamentations volume in the Teach the Text commentary series.

Jeremiah and Lamentations showcase a dark time in Judah’s history, before and during the exile to Babylon.

Here is insightful commentary to help the modern reader and teacher understand and apply these important but often neglected portions of Scripture.

Jeremiah brings God’s indictment against the people for repeated and egregious covenant violations.

This is accompanied by a call to repentance that, if left unheeded, will lead to God’s judgment.

The people don’t repent, and God does punish them, yet Jeremiah includes a message of hope for future restoration through a new covenant that will also bless the nations.

Lamentations serves as a sequel to Jeremiah, in the aftermath of Jerusalem’s fall and the exile.

The author laments over the destroyed city and, more importantly, over the sin that brought its downfall.

It is a study in anguish, yet it too contains glimpses of hope in a restoring God.

About the author: J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God’s Word and The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook.

Get this book on Amazon via its exact ISBN: Jeremiah and Lamentations – J. Daniel Hays

Main Page: Teach the Text series

Teach the Text: Series Purpose

Teach the Text Commentaries are biblical studies resources that explain books of the bible to help pastors, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders.

Authors in the Teach the Text series explain Scripture passage-by-passage, yet comment on words, phrases, and verses that are important to the overall meaning of the biblical text.

The publisher further notes, “By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture.”

Promotional video:

From the publisher: To craft informed sermons, pastors scour commentaries that often deal more with minutia than the main point. Or they turn to devotional commentaries, which may contain exegetical weaknesses.

The Teach the Text Commentary Series bridges this gap by utilizing the best of biblical scholarship and providing the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively.

By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture.

The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.


“Daniel Hays has long been one of my go-to Old Testament scholars. His work on Jeremiah and Lamentations is going to serve very well those who teach and preach from these inspired texts. Balance, insight, careful exegesis, and healthy theology characterize this book. It is a most welcome addition to this excellent series.”

— Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This commentary series promises informed exposition, sound theological insights, and creative connections with the modern context that demonstrate the relevance of the biblical message. This volume wonderfully meets all those expectations. Hays has provided a very useful work for pastors, teachers, and students alike that is instructive, practical, and engaging. A welcome addition.”

— M. Daniel Carroll R., distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary

“Focusing on the essentials and the big picture, Hays does a masterful job identifying the main themes of Jeremiah and Lamentations and showing their relevance for believers living in the modern world. I highly recommend this commentary for those who want to understand the message of these important books.”

— Robert B. Chisholm Jr., department chair and senior professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

Comparison page: See the Bible Commentaries Comparison Chart to see how the Teach the Text series compares to dozens of other commentary series.

Interview page: read commentary interviews with Teach the Text authors