Lamentations introduction united states conference. Lamentations intro to lamentations biblica the international. The book of lamentations was written by the prophet jeremiah according to jewish tradition. The poems use the literary style of an acrostic where the poem is built around the alphabet 16. In the book that bears his name, jeremiah had predicted the calamity in chapters 129. In western christianity, readings often chanted and choral settings of extracts from the book are used in the lenten religious service known as tenebrae latin for darkness.
Book of lamentations read, study bible verses online. As a series of laments over the destruction of jerusalem the royal city of the lords kingdom in 586 b. The lamentations of jeremiah, old testament book belonging to the third section of the biblical canon, known as the ketuvim, or writings. The book of lamentations is a collection of five poems that serve as an anguished response to the destruction of jerusalem in 587 b. Because of its subject matter, the book is also referred to in jewish tradition as qinot,lamentations. The original name of the book in hebrew, ekah, can be translated alas. Lamentations relates closely to the book of jeremiah, describing the anguish over jerusalems receiving gods judgment for unrepentant sins. Title lamentations was derived from a translation of the title as found in the latin vulgate vg.
While the author of lamentations remains nameless within the book, strong evidence. An acrostic is a poetic form in which the first letters. The book of lamentations is recited annually by jews on tisha bav ninth of av, the anniversary of the destruction of both of the jewish temples. The book of lamentations was included in the writings of hebrew scripture, and in traditional manner is named after the first word eichah, which means how, in what manner how deserted lies the city, once so full of people. The book of lamentations is a reflection by the prophet jeremiah on the destruction of jerusalem and the temple in 586 bc, with the subsequent babylonian. The book of lamentations does not explicitly identify its author.
In spite of all evidence to the contrary, his compassions never fail. Intro to lamentations biblica the international bible. Jeremiah is sitting amidst the ruins of a shattered nation. Because of its subject matter, the book is also referred to in jewish tradition as qinot, lamentations. Each chapter of the book is comprised of a poem making five poems in all. The book of lamentations is a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of jerusalem in.
Lamentations in the picture study bible the book of. This view is highly likely considering the author was a witness of the babylonians destroying jerusalem. Lamentations 5 remember, lord, what has happened to. The tradition is that the prophet jeremiah wrote lamentations.
The entire book of lamentations is poetic in its form. Introduction to the book of lamentations by christian m. The following is a short introduction to lamentations i wrote for the bible briefs series published by virginia theological seminary and forward publishing. Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners. The entire book of lamentations is written in carefully constructed poetry.
In the middle of the book, the theology of lamentations reaches its apex as it focuses on the goodness of god. Lamentations is the only book, however, that consists solely of laments. Lamentations 3 background information with maps and images. Lamentations biblical studies oxford bibliographies. The book of lamentations expresses the humiliation, suffering, and despair of jerusalem and her people following the destruction. Its this idea of lamenting that, for many, links jeremiah to the book.778 846 41 1416 1483 254 379 582 252 1437 424 490 241 943 1336 677 864 337 924 1030 194 989 441 911 1073 256 588 1292 708 994 718 1046 1023 1061 1496 1312