READINGS IN LAMENTATIONS: ESSAYS ON THE TEXT, INTERPRETATION AND RECEPTION OF LAMENTATIONS

Gideon Kotzé

Abstract


The collection of six essays on the book of Lamentations presented here are the
outcome of an initiative begun in 2011 to gain the insights and perspectives of
scholars in various areas of specialization on the “text” and “interpretation” of
Lamentations. This initiative forms part of a larger research project that has the text and
interpretation of Lamentations as its focal points. The contributors were invited to
understand the two focal points as broadly or narrowly as they wished and to concentrate
their efforts on an aspect of Lamentations research, a theme or feature of the book, a
verse/verses/chapter(s) from the book, one or more of its textual representatives, or the
book’s Wirkungsgeschichte. The results of the invitation are two essays on the textual
representatives of Lamentations (Van Rooy [the ancient versions] and Kotzé [the Masoretic
text and a Qumran manuscript]), an investigation of the theme of maternal cannibalism in
Lamentations 2:20 and 4:10 (Bosman), an essay that comments on the absence/presence of
YHWH in Lamentations 3 from the perspective of a specific type of Derridean philosophy
of history/literature, namely hauntology (Gericke), and two contributions that touch on the
reception of Lamentations in different periods of time and bodies of tradition (Jonker
[rabbinic literature]; Naudé and Miller-Naudé [English Bible translations, especially the
King James Bible]).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/110-0-119

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