Lamentations (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series)
Traditional scholarly commentaries aspire to open up biblical texts in the light of their ancient social and cultural contexts. In this commentary Robin Parry seeks to take the insights of such works seriously yet also move far beyond them by...
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Traditional scholarly commentaries aspire to open up biblical texts in the light of their ancient social and cultural contexts. In this commentary Robin Parry seeks to take the insights of such works seriously yet also move far beyond them by considering Lamentations within ever-expanding canonical and contemporary contexts.
How do the words of Lamentations resonate when read in the context of Jeremiah? Or in the contexts of Isaiah 40-55, the New Testament, the history of Christian anti-Semitism, or the suffering of victims today?
The question at the heart of this unusual engagement with the text is "How can Lamentations function as Christian scripture?" Parry argues that the key to answering this question is to follow the ancient liturgical tradition of the church and to see the text in the light of the death and resurrection of Israel's Messiah - Jesus.
According to Parry, Lamentations is Israel's Holy Saturday literature - the cries of those caught between the death of Jerusalem and its resurrection. In this context Christians are able to make connections between this anguished Israelite poetry, the sufferings of Jesus, and the sufferings of the world. These biblical-theological links have the potential to open up fresh and imaginative theological, doxological, and pastoral encounters with a sadly neglected biblical book.
Parry considers 'Lamentations' within ever-expanding canonical and contemporary contexts and asks 'How can 'Lamentations' function as Christian scripture?'.
Robin A. Parry (Ph.D., in Old Testament Narrative Ethics) was commissioning editor for Paternoster Press. His books include Old Testament Story and Christian Ethics: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study; The Evangelical Universalist; Worshipping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship and most recently Lamentations (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series)
He is the co-editor of numerous books including Universal Salvation? The Current Debate with Christopher J. Partridge; The Futures of Evangelicalism, and Canon And Biblical Interpretation (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series) .
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