A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Jeremiah, Vol 2. The International Critical Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments

By William McKane
Edinburgh : T&T Clark (1996). 738 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Irv Busenitz
9.1 (Spring 1998) : 116-116

This second of the two-volume set covers Jeremiah 26–52, the first volume having been published a decade earlier. McKane, emeritus professor of Hebrew and Oriental Languages in the University of St. Andrews, pursues the prophecy of Jeremiah in typical ICC fashion. He leaves no aspect of intricacies in the text without comment; a plethora of detail greets the reader at every turn of the page. The author addresses questions relating to technical matters with thorough diligence.

The author's acceptance of a liberal source criticism perspective dictates his notations throughout. He argues that the book "is the product of a long growth extending into the post-exilic period" (clxxii) and later adds that "the shorter text of Sept. is a witness to a more original Hebrew text than that of MT. Thus Sept. has substantial text-critical significance and rests on a Hebrew Vorlage shorter than MT" (clxxii-clxxiii). This, of course, leads him frequently to reject the accuracy of the current text, often extracting passages from their present context and somewhat abitrarily re-inserting them into a later context.