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Monday, September 30, 2013

Christian Formation for October 6 - Lamentations 1:1-6; The Deserted City

October 6, 2013 – 20 Pentecost
Lamentations 1:1-6
The Deserted City
Background: The book of Lamentation has been described as “a work of art produced in response to a historical disaster.” This book has also been characterized as a text that encompasses the sorrows of the world. The text was most likely written in response to the destruction of Jerusalem and deportation to Babylon in 586 BCE. Often ascribed to Jeremiah, this text is anonymous as recorded in Hebrew Scripture. The book of Lamentations is written in the form of an Acrostic Poem, with each strophe (verse or trio of verses) starting with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Theme: This passage describes, in fairly graphic detail, the appearance of the deserted city of Jerusalem. Chapter 1 provides a moving description of Jerusalem as seen by the narrator (Vv 1-11b) and “Daughter Zion” (Vv 11c-22).
Questions to Ponder:
* Read Lamentations 1:1-6. Skim the remainder of Chapter 1 for context.
* What do you think a Lamentation, as delivered in the Bible, is?
* Given the frequency of appearance (the book of Job, many Psalms, and the book of Lamentations to name a few), for what reason do you think the Lamentations are important, especially in Hebrew Scripture?
* Scholars claim the Lament can be found helpful in providing hope to a person or group of people who are under stress or oppression. Why might they make that claim?
* In verse 4, why might the author’s description of the roads to Zion be one of mourning because no one is on them?
* Why might this text be important to the Israelites who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar?
* How do we make this text relevant to our society?
* What challenges do you find in this text?
* How do this text and the premise of the Lament match your experience?

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