Lamentations Through the Centuries
Blackwell Bible Commentaries
1. Edition April 2013
232 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
In this latest addition to the Wiley-Blackwell Bible Commentaries series, the authors explore the astonishing variety of interpretations inspired by Lamentations, one of the shortest books in the Bible. It features a wealth of reactions to this ancient text's influential and unflinching account of the devastation wreaked by war. Lamentations Through the Centuries is widely relevant, with nuanced reflections - both religious and secular - on human suffering and the disasters of war.
Covering a rich landscape of literary, theological and cultural creativity, the authors explore the astonishing variety of interpretations inspired by Lamentations, one of the shortest books in the Bible.
* Features a wealth of reactions - covering two and a half millennia - to this ancient text's influential and unflinching account of the devastation wreaked by war
* Explores a kaleidoscope of examples ranging from the Dead Sea Scrolls; Yehudah Halevy; John Calvin; and composer, Thomas Tallis; through to the startling interpretations of Marc Chagall; contemporary novelist, Cynthia Ozick; and Zimbabwean junk sculpture
* Deploys "reception exegesis", a new genre of commentary that creatively blends reception history and biblical exegesis
* Offers sensitive treatment of challenging theological and psychological responses to one of the most disturbing books of the Hebrew Bible
* Widely relevant, with nuanced reflections - both religious and secular - on human suffering and the disasters of war
List of Figures xii
Author Index 206
Subject Index 209
Diana Lipton teaches at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Rothberg International School. She has been a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, as well as Reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King's College London. She is the author of Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis (1999) and Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales (2008), and is co-editor of Feminism and Theology (with Janet Martin Soskice, 2003) and Studies on the Text and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of Robert Gordon (with Geoffrey Kahn, 2011).