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Lamentations,

book of the Bible, placed immediately after Jeremiah, to whose author it has been ascribed since ancient times. It was probably composed by several authors. It is a series of five poems mourning the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. Each of the the first four poems is an alphabetical acrostic, the third having three verses to the letter, instead of one. The book begins with dirges, followed by a psalm of lament with expressions of trust. The psalm is followed by another dirge expressing grief and longing for divine intervention. It concludes with a lament and a prayer for the restoration of the fortunes of Jerusalem.

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Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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Second, though lament is not confined to the book of Lamentations, such neglect deprives the contemporary church of the language of lament.
The Book of Lamentations covers the destructions of the Temples and the subsequent calamities that Tishah B'Av suffered; yet it is so much more, about the crucial role that Jerusalem played in the religious lives of Jews.
Norman Gottwald's 1954 Studies in the Book of Lamentations inspired Boase to delve more deeply into one of Gottwald's conclusions, namely, that Lamentations has a definite prophetic orientation.
The Book of Lamentations does not refer directly to the prophecies of the "prophet of doom," Jeremiah.
Indeed our little book of lamentations in memory of our ancient trees, which we were unable to save despite a long and painful campaign, left us heartbroken, as in sorrow we watched chainsaws cut them down without mercy.
Councillor Jeff Edwards, former town mayor and one of the few children plucked from the debris of the collapsed coal tip, followed the opening prayer with a reading from the Book of Lamentations.
At morning prayer on Good Friday, the Liturgy of the Hours has us listen to the book of Lamentations, in which the Hebrew people grieve over the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem around 587 B.
Several congregations had undergone annual meetings whose general tone made the book of Lamentations read like a script for a Bushy Berkeley musical.
Freed from their scriptural monopoly, she "finds her story" in the book of Lamentations.
Another friend, when reading of the recent horrors in Bosnia-Herzegovina, could vent his emotions only by turning to the Book of Lamentations.
If the witness of the Book of Lamentations is to be believed, some of those who remained fed on the bodies of dead children.
But the ultimate biblical "sad songs" are those collected in the Book of Lamentations.