Lamentations

A Commentary Based on the Text in Codex Vaticanus

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This commentary on Greek Lamentations is based on the Codex Vaticanus, and includes an introduction, Greek text and English translation. LamLXX presents a new interpretation of the past, creating its own conceptual idea about loss and destruction, grief and suffering. In varied vivid images, metaphors and pictures, LamLXX retells past experiences as present life, invoking conditions reminiscent of Exodus. Hope is reduced to a limited amount, suffering seems endless. Only through prophet Jeremiah’s mediation, a new perspective for future life appears at the horizon. Contemporary readers, or readers of any period, may find therein representations of their own experiences in life.

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Antje Labahn is Privatdozentin Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel and Research Fellow Faculty of the Free State Bloemfontein South Africa. She published on metaphors, Lamentations, Chronicles, Second Temple Studies, Isaiah and Ezekiel. She edited collections on metaphors and served as chair on metaphor research.
Scholars in Biblical literature, Old Testament, Early Jewish Studies, Septuagint, Institutions, post-graduate students, interests in expressions of grief, trauma and suffering.
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