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The experience of persecution and catastrophe throughout Jewish history created the frame of reference for the literary lamentation. The biblical Lamentations are archetypal; they provide a stock of motifs and topoi on which later texts draw. While the hermeneutics of violence are subject to the changes of secularization, the recurrent motifs of sin, punishment, and inconsolable sorrow form …

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Luiz Felipe Ribeiro, “Lamentation”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0408>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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