Why?... How Long? (Library Of Hebrew Bible/old Testament Studies Series)
This volume is born out of two years of academic presentations on laments in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section at the Society of Biblical Literature (2006-2007). The topics of these papers are gathered around the theme of "voice." The two...
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This volume is born out of two years of academic presentations on laments in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section at the Society of Biblical Literature (2006-2007). The topics of these papers are gathered around the theme of "voice." The two parts to this volume: 1) provide fresh readings of familiar texts as they are read through the lens of lamentation, and 2) deepen our understanding of Israel and God as lamenter and lamentee. In the second section the focus on topics such as Israel's "unbelieving faith" (i.e., strong accusations against the God on whom they have complete reliance and trust), the unrighteous lamenter, and God's acceptance and rejection of the people's lament(s), deepens our understanding of Israel's culture and practice of lamentation. The final essay notes how the expression of despair is in tension with the poetic devices that contain it.
Paul V. M. Flesher is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. Flesher helped establish the International Organization for Targumic Study and is the founding editor of Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Mark Boda is Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. He earned his Ph.D. (Cambridge University) on the Praying Tradition in Nehemiah. Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at Canadian Theological Seminary. He has authored four books, edited seven volumes of collected essays, and written over 45 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. Key areas of interest include prayer and penitence in the Old Testament and Christian Theology and Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Lamentations, Jeremiah).Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today. This is evidence in all of his commentaries Zechariah-Haggai(NIVAC, Zondervan), Chronicles (NLT, Tyndale), Judges (EBC, Zondervan), and Zechariah (NICOT, Eerdmans), Ezra-Nehemiah (TOTC, IVPress), Penitence in Biblical Theology (NSBT, IVPress), LXX Psalms (LXXC, Brill).
Carol J. Dempsey, a Dominican and Old Testament scholar, teaches biblical studies and interdisciplinary courses at the University of Portland and is the author of Justice: A Biblical Perspective (Chalice, 2008) and The Prophets: A Liberation Critical Reading (Fortress, 2000), Jeremiah (Liturgical, 2007). She is active in the CTS and the CBA and presents every other year at the LA Religious Ed. Congress.
- Table Of Contents; Preface; Part I Hearing Voices Of Lamentation In New Ways:; Part Ii Hearing Traditional Theological And Prosodic Interpretations In New Ways:; Afterword; Bibliography; Index Of References; Index Of Authors; Index Of Subjects.