Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies – II. Bible – III. Systematic Theology – IV. Practical Theology – V. Judaism

I. Religious Studies

Lament has its roots in human experience; it gives voice to suffering and mourning, in ritual, poetic, or informal form. Its end is not theoretical, like theodicy, but practical: people react to the experience of situations perceived as mentally, physically or socially painful and p…

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Alles, Gregory D., Janowski, Bernd, Bayer, Oswald, Baldermann, Ingo and Kuhn, Peter, “Lament”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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