Description: The question at the heart of this unusual engagement with the text is “How can Lamentations function as Christian scripture?” Parry argues that the key to answering this question is to follow the ancient liturgical tradition of the church and to see the text in the light of the death and resurrection of Israel’s Messiah — Jesus. According to Parry, Lamentations is Israel’s Holy Saturday literature — the cries of those caught between the death of Jerusalem and its resurrection. In this context Christians are able to make connections between this anguished Israelite poetry, the sufferings of Jesus, and the sufferings of the world.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Lamentations, Literature
Review by Timothy J. Stone
Citation: Timothy J. Stone, review of Robin A. Parry, Lamentations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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