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Lamentations & the Tears of World - Kathleen M. O'Connor

Lamentations & the Tears of World

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Explores the book of Lamentations and its meaning for faith and ministry today. The five poems that comprise Lamentations tell of the community's pain in the aftermath of Jerusalem's destruction.

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Commentary: Who Will Comfort You?
Poetry of Loss: A Defensep. 3
A Book of Comfortp. 3
A Work of Artp. 4
Occupation and Exilep. 6
Narrative Wreckagep. 7
The Marriage of Form and Contentp. 8
Mixture of Literary Genresp. 9
Acrostic and Alphabetic Puzzlesp. 11
Pain and Loss in Alphabetic Orderp. 12
Relationships among Chaptersp. 13
Multiple Testimoniesp. 14
The City as Womanp. 14
The Missing Voicep. 15
Authorshipp. 15
Places in the Canon and Titlesp. 15
Musical Appropriationsp. 16
There Is No One to Comfort You: Lamentations 1p. 17
The Narrator's View of Zion's Fallp. 18
Daughter Zion Pleads for God to Seep. 23
A Topography of Painp. 28
Your Suffering Is Vast as the Sea: Lamentations 2p. 30
Structure of the Poemp. 31
The Narrator as Participant in Zion's Realityp. 31
The Narrator's Conversionp. 35
The Narrator Pleads for Actionp. 41
Mercies New Every Day: Lamentations 3p. 44
Changes in Poetic Structuresp. 45
The First Complaintp. 46
Divine Merciesp. 49
The Strongman's Second Complaintp. 53
Inexplicable Hopep. 57
Beaten Down: Lamentations 4p. 58
Shrinkingp. 58
Mercy Destroyedp. 62
The Community Remembersp. 66
Plea from an Occupied Land: Lamentations 5p. 70
A Shorter, Less Structured Poemp. 70
Pain without Compromisep. 71
Peril All Aroundp. 75
Unsettled Longingp. 79
Reflections: A Theology of Witness
The Power of the Missing Voicep. 83
Many Views of Tragedyp. 83
Inspired Restraintp. 85
Denying Painp. 86
The Family as School of Denialp. 89
Global Society and Hopelessnessp. 90
Social Mechanisms of Denialp. 91
Denying Painp. 92
Lamentations Denies Denialp. 94
Who Will Comfort You? A Theology of Witnessp. 96
She Has No One to Comfort Herp. 97
The Narrator Seesp. 99
You Have to Come Closep. 101
Mirroring Painp. 102
Poetry as Salvationp. 103
A Theology of Witnessp. 104
Despair Workp. 108
The Abusing Godp. 110
God's Characterp. 111
The Dilemmap. 113
Lamentations' Portrait of Godp. 115
Toward Another Viewp. 119
Enter the Conversationp. 121
Stammering toward the Unsayablep. 123
Prayer for the Wounded Worldp. 124
The Lament Formp. 124
Prayer as Truthfulnessp. 125
Lamentations as Impassioned Hopep. 127
Lamentations as a Work of Justicep. 128
Prayers for the Worldp. 132
Lamentations and Liturgical Prayerp. 133
Daring Prayerp. 135
Epilogue: The Comforting Godp. 137
A Spirituality of Wholenessp. 137
A Summons to Companionshipp. 138
Theological Betweennessp. 139
A Biblical Responsep. 139
Zion's Long Strugglep. 141
God Is Her Witnessp. 145
Zion and the Suffering Servantp. 147
Bibliographyp. 149
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ISBN: 9781570753992
ISBN-10: 1570753997
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 1st February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25