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THE BOOK OF

LAMENTATIONS

 

Overview:

Composed entirely in acrostic literary style in the original Hebrew, each verse of this remarkable five chapter epic poem of mourning begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet, except for chapter three, in which each successive grouping of three verses begin with the same Hebrew alphabet letter. The only writing known to have been composed by Jeremiah in an acrostic form, this work apparently was intended to be memorized and read for generations to come as a memorial to the unwise decisions made by national Israel that led to the Babylonian captivity. The book naturally divides itself into five parts:

(1) the Misery and Desolation of Jerusalem (1:1-22),
(2) God's Judgment on the City (2:1-22),
(3) the Loving Kindness of God (3:1-66),
(4) Sorrows due to the Siege of Jerusalem (4:1-22), and
(5) a Prayer for Mercy and Deliverance (5:1-22).

The Jewish community includes this work in the five Megilloth , literature traditionally read at Pentecost (Ruth), Passover (Song of Songs), Feast of Tabernacles (Ecclesiastes), the anniversary of Jerusalem's fall (Lamentations), and Purim (Esther).

Authorship:

Rabbinic and conservative Christian tradition assign authorship to this book to the Jeremiah, who is also the author of the book that bears his name.

Composition Date:

While Jeremiah's prophetic ministry and writing career extended from his early teenage years, commencing in the thirteenth year of King Josiah (ca. 627 BC) and continuing through the beginning of the Babylonian captivity of Nebuchadnezzar (c 586 BC), this book would have been compiled sometime after the destruction of Jerusalem.

Messianic Hope:

The Messiah as the One Who Daily Renews Mercies

 

Introduction to the book of Lamentations taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

LAM | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
O.T. | GEN | EXO | LEV | NUM | DEU | JOS | JDG | RUT | 1SA | 2SA | 1KI | 2KI | 1CH | 2CH | EZR | NEH | EST | JOB | PSA | PRO | ECC
SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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