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Bibil Identifier bibil:220021
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Lamentations and the Poetic Politics of Prayer
Author Parry, Robin
Journal Tyndale Bulletin (Volume: 62, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 65-88 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The first half of this paper seeks to make explicit the political dimen¬sions of the text of Lamentations. The poetry vividly depicts the political use of violence in the destruction of a society. Judah is ruined politically, economically, socially, and religiously by the Babylonians for political ends. In the second half of the paper I argue that Lamentations contributes to our theo-political reflections not so much in its provision of new conceptual categories, nor even in its sharpening of categories already in place but rather in its power for shaping the emotional, ethical-political response of its audiences (human and divine). The readers are invited to bring political calamity into God’s presence and to seek salvation; they are encouraged to look with merciful eyes at victims of political violence even if those victims are not ‘innocent’; they are encouraged to see political evil for what it is and to speak its name; they are guided towards becoming honest-to-God lamenters and God-dependent prayers who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Lamentations
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
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