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Great Is Thy Faithfulness?: Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture
Parry, Robin A. and Heath A. Thomas, editors

Eugene, Oreg.: Pickwick, 2011 pp. xvi + 295. $34.00


Description: Lamentations is a book that has never had a place of honor at the table of Christian spirituality. This is an unfortunate state of affairs because its challenging poetry has much to offer. This volume explores the how the biblical book of Lamentations may be engaged afresh so that it can function as Holy Scripture for the ekklesia. Four main chapters consider issues in hermeneutics, exegesis, the use of Lamentations in worship, and pastoral reflections. These chapters have been supplemented by seventeen reception history studies written by an international team of Jewish and Christian scholars. These studies introduce a wide range of interpretations and uses of the book of Lamentations from throughout the history of Judaism and Christianity. They include examinations of the use of Lamentations in Isaiah 40-55, the Targum, Rashi, and contemporary Jewish thought, the Patristic period, Calvin, Jewish and Christian worship, music, Rembrandt, and psychological and feminist interpretation. Appendices include new English translations of LXX Lamentations and Targum Lamentations.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Lamentations, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Charles Miller
Published 2/1/2014
Citation: Charles Miller, review of Robin A. Parry and Heath A. Thomas, eds., Great Is Thy Faithfulness?: Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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