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Lamentations Through the Centuries

Lamentations Through the Centuries

Paul M. Joyce, Diana Lipton, David M. Gunn, John F. A. Sawyer

ISBN: 978-1-118-41436-1 March 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages

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One of the shortest books in the Bible, Lamentations exercises a disproportionately powerful cultural influence. As an unflinching account of the devastation wreaked by war, it has been called upon again and again by Jews, Christians, and others in their responses to catastrophes as varied as the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, the Great Fire of London, the Holocaust and 9/11. Covering two and a half millennia of liturgy and literature, theology and psychology, art, music and film, this volume explores the astonishing variety of cultural and religious responses to Lamentations, taking in the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yehudah Halevy, John Calvin, and Thomas Tallis, as well as the startling interpretations of Marc Chagall, Cynthia Ozick, Alice Miller, and Zimbabwean junk sculpture. Viewed through this kaleidoscope of sources, the ancient biblical text acquires a vital and resonant new life.

Lamentations Through the Centuries is published within the Wiley-Blackwell Bible Commentaries series. Further information about this innovative reception-history series is available at www.bbibcomm.net

Series Editors’ Preface viii

Abbreviations x

List of Figures xii

Introduction 1

COMMENTARY 26

Afterword 193

Bibliography 196

Author Index 206

Subject Index 209

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is informative, thought-provoking, and –despite being a commentary – holds the reader’s attention. It made me appreciateLamentations in a new way. To be recommended.”  (The Swedish Exegetical Yearbook 2014, 1 October 2014)