The Timeless, Unifying Rhetoric of Lamentations

Bibliographic information:

Giffone, Benjamin. “The Timeless, Unifying Rhetoric of Lamentations.” Old Testament Essays 25 (2012): 534-558.



Certain poetic features of Lamentations contribute to an ongoing preservative/cohesive function in faith communities. In form and content the reader/audience is confronted with completeness—a nation’s complete destruction, the complete range of human emotion—and with incompleteness—a fragmented people, broken institutions, unanswered theological questions.


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