BAR 20:03, May/Jun 1994
Books in Brief
Jeremiah: An Archaeological Companion
Philip J. King
(Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993) 230 pp., $27.00
Of the making of books there is no end, said Ecclesiastes (12:12), a dictum illustrated by many works written on the Book of Jeremiah. This prophetic book and the prophet we meet within it are difficult for us moderns, as well as for past generations, to understand. Consequently, scholars continue to write commentaries. Having wrestled with the problems in the Hebrew text of Jeremiah, I am particularly pleased that Philip J. King did not write another commentary. What he has written is aptly named: a companion to the text of the prophet.