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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.


See study by D. R. Hillers (rev. ed. 1992). See also bibliography under Old TestamentOld Testament,
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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Lamentations is also a confirmation of the prophetic judgement on the sin of the people.
Like many modern scholars, Lohnert suggests that these lamentations refer to the downfall of the Ur III dynasty around 2000 B.
It is through these excerpts that the reader is able to identify with the people who originally performed and listened to early modern settings of the Lamentations and other Tenebrae music.
Several formal features of the poetry of Lamentations are important to understand.
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They did this, drawing on the repertory of the lamentations they were accustomed to singing at funerals for the deceased.
Like many of Donne's other works to which we cannot assign specific composition dates, the two works inspired by Lamentations cannot be precisely dated, (2) though for reasons suggested below, 1608 is most likely for The Lamentations of Jeremy and 1616 for the sermon on Lamentations 3:1.
Readers will surely quarrel with some of her positions; for example, the linking of Rich's many-voiced "Atlas of a Difficult World" with the Book of Lamentations seems forced to me, as if the author needed a biblical antecedent.
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.
One classical example is offered by the midrash of Lamentations by Rabbi Judah the Prince and Rabbi Yohanan.
Before the day was out, Rachman issued an apology, saying he had been "slightly shaken by the various calls for resignation, lamentations about falling FT standards etc.