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Title: 'Perhaps there is Hope': Reading Lamentations as a Polyphony of Pain, Penitence, and Protest
Author: Bier, Miriam J
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2015
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780567658388
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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Bier proposes here a strong new understanding of the Book of Lamentations, drawing on Bakhtinian ideas of multiple voices to analyse the poetic speaking voices within the text; examining their theological perspectives, and nuancing the interaction between them. Bier scrutinises interpretations of Lamentations, distinguishing between exegesis that reads Lamentations as a theodicy, in defense of God, and those that read it as an anti-theodicy, in defense of Zion. Rather than reductively adopting either of these approaches, this book advocates a dialogic approach to Lamentations, reading to hear the full polyphony of pain, penitence, and protest.