Commentary on the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah (Vermigli)

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Peter Martyr Vermigli’s earliest biblical commentary to survive is his lectures on the Book of Lamentations. As a refugee from Catholic Italy, Martyr sympathizes with the Hebrew poet, who looks over the devastation of Jerusalem. The Introduction gives a précis of Christian Hebraism and pays particular attention to the Bomberg Bible. The notes highlight Martyr’s allusions to the Jewish commentators of that Bible.

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) is considered to be one of the most important Italian reformers of the early modern period. Martyr is the subject of renewed interest for historical and theological scholars. The Peter Martyr Library, a series of critical English translations of the chief works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, allows his own words in context to speak for themselves.

Table of Contents: 

Commentary on the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah

Alphabet, or Chapter 1
Alef, or Verse 1
Bet, or Verse 2
Gimel, or Verse 3
Dalet, or Verse 4
He, or Verse 5
Vav, or Verse 6
Zain, or Verse 7
Het, or Verse 8
Tet, or Verse 9
Yod, or Verse 10
Kaf, or Verse 11
Lamed, or Verse 12
Mem, or Verse 13
Nun, or Verse 14
Samekh, or Verse 15
Ayin, or Verse 16
Pe, or Verse 17
Tzade, or Verse 18
Qof, or Verse 19
Resh, or Verse 20
Shin, or Verse 21
Tav, or Verse 22

Alphabet, or Chapter 2
Alef through Tav, or Verses 1-22 [as above Chapter 1]

Alphabet, or Chapter 3
Alef through Tav [as above Chapter 1]

Alphabet, or Chapter 4 
Alef through Tav, or Verses 1-22 [as above Chapter 1]

Chapter 5, or the Prayer of Jeremiah 
Verses 1-22 [as above Chapter 1]



"Shute’s volume is as scholarly as anyone could want, yet is accessible to the non-expert. Technical terms are defined, and Shute’s clear and friendly style enhances his explanations.... The thoroughness and tone of this volume clearly indicate it to be a labor of love on the part of the editor and anyone who studies it will learn much beyond what Peter Martyr thought of Lamentations." — Moreana

"The explosive influence of Judaic studies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries had a dynamic influence on the exegetical and dogmatic output of the Reformed community, and Shute has provided a well-documented summary of this largely neglected field of study.... These notes excellently trace Martyr’s scriptural allusions and, especially, the Rabbinic influence on his philological decisions and theological conclusions. The wealth of knowledge in the notes and their scholarly value alone are worth the price of the book.... There is much to appreciate in Shute’s work, and having an accessible English edition of Martyr’s Lamentation commentary will be a great asset to modern scholars." — Sixteenth Century Journal