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Author: Nancy Lee
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The Singers of Lamentations: Cities Under Siege, from Ur to Jerusalem to Sarajevo (Biblical Interpretation Series) by Nancy Lee



Biblical Interpretation Series, Volume: 60. Author: Nancy Lee. The author analyzes the poetic songs of biblical Lamentations with oral-poetic folkloric method for the first time with surprising results. Contemporary lament poems are then compared from recent post-war Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina about suffering in cities under siege. at Union Theological Seminary/PSCE in Virginia, Master of Theology at the Columbia Theological Seminary, is Professor at Elmhurst College in Hebrew Bible; Niebuhr Distinguished Chair.

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Nancy C. Lee (The Singers of Lamen-. tations: Cities under Siege, from Ur to Jerusalem to Sarajevo. poems in an oral context, in which singers composed the songs in response to each other. 5assis:Layout 1 3/5/2009 11:15 AM Page 308. Most scholars seem to have taken for granted that the book is a collection of. independent poems, probably because each poem is a complete acrostic unit. Others assume that the book is one literary work and describe an ideological.

The author analyzes the poetic songs of biblical Lamentations with oral-poetic folkloric method for the first time with surprising results. Oral-poetic and socio-rhetorical methods illumine two lead singers in dialogue in a mourning context, employing formulas and themes of dirge, psalmic and prophetic traditions in their compositions, but infusing these with their individual artistry to respond to Jerusalem's destruction. Poets through history and across.

For example, Nancy C. Lee, The Singers of Lamentations: Cities under Siege, from Ur to Jerusalem to Sarajevo (Leiden: Brill, 2002), pp. 164, 168, 180-81. One may interpret the triple alphabetic acrostic in chapter 3 as a sign of its polyvocality.

Lee is an internationally recognized biblical scholar, past Fulbright fellow, and was the Founding Director of the Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst College (2001-07) and its Callings for the Common Good program; she has co-led Elmhurst’s international service-learning course to South Africa since 2004. An article on the current crisis in Syria and ancient and contemporary ‘lament’ in that context appeared in the journal, Interpretation (2013). She is the author of The Singers of Lamentations: Cities under Siege, from Ur to Jerusalem to Sarajevo (Brill, 2002), and collaborated with poets and singers worldwide for her book, Lyrics of Lament: from Tragedy to Transformation (Fortress, 2010), a survey of lament across cultures today and in traditional sacred texts.

The siege of Jerusalem lasted from the winter months in Zedekiah’s ninth year as king to the summer of his eleventh year. This works out to be about eighteen months of an increasingly terrible situation. So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled and went forth from the city at night by way of the gate between the two walls which was by the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. Lamentations is, of course, a series of laments. Throughout the work, the memories of the recent events in Jerusalem play counterpoint to issues that the author must confront.

There has been a flood of recent studies on the book, of which I would single out for special mention Todd Linafelt’s monograph Surviving Lamentations, . All this has enriched and complicated my own analysis of the Targum, since the interpretation of the Targum is inextricably bound up with the interpretation of the biblical book. I have kept my translations as literal as is compatible with intelligible English.

Tagged under Biblical Interpretation,Craig Blomberg,Hermeneutics,Introduction to Biblical Interpretation,Robert Hubbard,William Klein. Interpretation Is Both an Art and Science. The artistic and scientific methods of biblical interpretational provide a strategy that will enable us to understand the meaning and significance of what an author or speaker intended to communicate (43). There Are No Objective Observers. Just as the Bible arose within historical, personal circumstances, so does our own interpretations. Zondervan Academic Online Courses. New Testament Survey.

The author analyzes the poetic songs of biblical Lamentations with oral-poetic folkloric method for the first time with surprising results. Contemporary lament poems are then compared from recent post-war Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina about suffering in cities under siege. Oral-poetic and socio-rhetorical methods illumine two lead singers in dialogue in a mourning context, employing formulas and themes of dirge, psalmic and prophetic traditions in their compositions, but infusing these with their individual artistry to respond to Jerusalem's destruction. Poets through history and across cultures share common ground in how they render the suffering of their war-torn cities. The prophet Jeremiah emerges in Lamentations as one lead singer by virtue of how he modifies traditional formulas (imagery, themes, terms) in response to the context. A woman emerges as another lead singer who pushes the limits of current theology in crisis.