In this commentary, John Mackay offers a conservative approach to the book of Jeremiah, arguing for Jeremiah's divinely given authorship of the text. Mackay works from the Masoretic Text, and employs the NIV for Scripture references. He focuses the purposes commentary to the tasks of exposition and proclamation, and giving fodder for sermon preparation rather than addressing modern debate on Jeremiah. Jeremiah chapters 1-20 are treated in this volume.
Alec Moyter writes "Professor Mackay's commentary on Jeremiah is trebly welcome: first, from his earlier work on Exodus (in this series) we know that he will take the highest view of Scripture as the Word of God. Secondly, he argues cogently for Jeremiah as author of the whole, contending that the book as we have it represents written records contemporary with the prophet's preaching. Thirdly, from the start he is concerned to handle the book of Jeremiah, not as an anthology, but as unfolding a unified message. Lovers of Hebrew will find a kindred spirit in Professor Mackay. Those without Hebrew will find a patient teacher leaving no stone unturned to make the word of God plain."