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Lamentations in Ancient and Contemporary Cultural Contexts (Nancy C Lee Carleen Mandolfo (eds)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2008) 9781589833579
Lamentations in Ancient and Contemporary Cultural Contexts (Nancy C Lee Carleen Mandolfo (eds)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2008) 9781589833579
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Title: Lamentations in Ancient and Contemporary Cultural Contexts

Author: Lee, Nancy C Carleen Mandolfo (eds)

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589833579

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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Personal tragedy and communal catastrophe up to the present day are universal human experiences that call forth lament. Lament singers--from the most ancient civilizations to traditional oral poets to the biblical psalmists and poets of Lamentations to popular singers across the globe--have always raised the cry of human suffering, giving voice to the voiceless, illuminating injustice, or pleading for divine help. This volume gathers an international collection of essays on biblical lament and Lamentations, illuminating their genres, artistry, purposes, and significant place in the history and theologies of ancient Israel. It also explores lament across cultures, both those influenced by biblical traditions and those not, as the practices of composition, performance, and interpretation of life's suffering continue to shed light on our knowledge of biblical lament.CONTENTSPart 1. The Biblical Book of LamentationsOn Writing a Commentary on Lamentations- Adele BerlinLamentations from Sundry Angles: A Retrospective- F. W. Dobbs-AllsoppVoices Arguing about Meaning- Kathleen O'ConnorThe Singers of Lamentations: (A)scribing (De)claiming Poets and Prophets- Nancy C. LeeTalking Back: The Perseverence of Justice in Lamentation- Carleen MandolfoSurviving Lamentations (One More Time)- Tod LinafeltPart 2. Biblical Lament: Communal, Penitential, Individual?Lament and the Arts of Resistance: Public and Hidden Transcripts in Lamentations 5- Robert Williamson Jr.The Priceless Gain of Penitence: From Communal Lament to Penitential Prayer in the "Exilic" Liturgy of Israel- Mark J. BodaThe Articulate Body: The Language of Suffering in the Laments of the Individual- Amy C. CottrillPart 3. Lament across CulturesPraise in the Realm of Death: The Dynamics of Hymn-Singing in Ancient Near Eastern Lament Ceremony- Erhard S. GerstenbergerEngaging Lamentations and The Lament for the South: A Cross-Textual Reading- Archie Chi Chung LeeThe Revival of Lament in Medieval Piyyutim- William MorrowThe Lament Traditions of Enslaved African American Women and the Lament Traditions of the Hebrew Bible- Wilma Ann BaileySelections from Between Despair and Lamentation- Borislav ArapovicLamenting the Dead in Iraq and South Africa: Transitioning from Individual Trauma to Collective Mourning Performances- Kimberly Wedeven SegallThe Poetry of Job as a Resource for the Articulation of Embodied Lament in the Context of HIV and AIDS in South Africa- Gerald WestA Lament for New Orleans- Clyde FantPart 4. Retrospective/Prospective, Continuing RelevanceLament as Wake-Up Call (Class Analysis and Historical Possibility)- Walter Brueggemann
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