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Lamentations of Jeremiah, The
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The book of Lamentations is a collection of five elegies on the destruction of Jerusalem: four alphabetic acrostics (Lam 1–4) and one poem with the same number of verses as the Hebrew alphabet (Lam 5). In the Hebrew Bible the book is called אֵיכָהêkāh, “How…,” for the first word in chs. 1, 2, and 4. In the Talmud (b. B. Bat. 15a) it is called קִינוֹת/qînôt, “Lamentations,” and ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah to vouch for its canonicity. This tradition may be based on 2 Chron 35:25, which says that Jeremiah sang a lament for Josiah, which is recorded…

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Levin, Christoph, “Lamentations of Jeremiah, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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