This week I have been trying to focus on research and writing. I was more successful than I expected, if I am honest with you. One of the pieces I was working on was a chapter for a forthcoming book on the versions and receptions of the Book of Lamentations. This is shaping up to be a very nice volume and the editors have given me permission to share the TOC with you. In addition to a chapter on the Targumic interpretation of Lamentations my contribution includes a transcription of TgLam from Codex Vaticanus Urbinas Hebr. 1 (the images from the older but incomplete Solger MS can be found here as well) and a new translation. I have also updated my translation of TgLam on this site and on the NTCS site.
Now, to the book. It will be published by Pater Noster (I believe that is still true) and will be made up of a series of “soundings” that will each be approximately 2,000 words with the main chapters being 6,000 words or so. The appendices will also greatly add to this volume, putting the MT, LXX, and Targum in one place along with at least portions of Lamentations Rabbah and Aquinas’ commentary. I think this is going to be a “must have” volume for anyone beginning a study of the reception and theology of Lamentations.
Great is Thy Faithfulness?
Toward Reading Lamentations as Holy Scripture
Edited by Robin Parry and Heath Thomas
PART I: PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
Introduction – Robin Parry and Heath Thomas
Ch 1: ‘Holy Scripture’ and Hermeneutics: Lamentations in Critical and Theological Reflection – Heath Thomas, Southeastern Seminary
Ch 2: “The Theology of Lamentations” – Paul House, Samford University
PART II: LAMENTATIONS AND ITS RECEPTIONS
Soundings: Jewish reception studies
1. Isaiah 40-55 – Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, University of Aberdeen
2. LXX – Kevin Youngblood, Freed-Hardeman University
3. Targum – Christian M.M. Brady, Penn State University
4. Lamentations Rabbah – Jacob Neusner, Bard College
5. Rashi – Mayer Gruber, Bar-Ilan University of the Negev
6. Jewish Worship – Elsie Stern, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
7. Post-Holocaust Interpretation in the 1960s and 1970s -Zachary Braiterman, Syracuse University
Soundings: Messianic Jewish reception studies
- Lamentations in Messianic Judaism – Richard Harvey, All Nations College (UK)
Soundings: Christian reception studies
1. Patristic Interpretation – Dean Wenthe, Concordia Theological Seminary
2. Aquinas – Dominic Holtz OP, Aquinas Institute
3. Calvin – Pete Wilcox, Litchfield Cathedral, UK
4. Lam. in Eastern Orthodoxy – Eugen Pentiuc, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
5. Christian Worship – Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ, Heythrop College, University of London
Soundings: Artistic and Contemporary reception study
- Musical Responses to Lamentations – F . Jane Schopf, Rose Bruford College (UK)
- Lamentations and Rembrandt van Rijn – Heath Thomas, Southeastern Seminary
- Psychological Approaches to Lamentations – Paul Joyce, University of Oxford
- Feminist Reception(s) & Lamentations – Heath Thomas, Southeastern Seminar
PART III: LAMENTATIONS AS HOLY SCRIPTURE
Ch 3: “Jewish Theological Reflections on Lamentations” (TBA)
Ch 4: “Christian Theology and Lamentations” – Robin Parry
Ch 5 “Christian Pastoral Reflections on Lamentations” – Ian Stackhouse
Conclusion – Parry and Thomas
PART IV: APPENDICES OF PRIMARY TEXTS AND INTERPRETERS
Appendix 1: A Translation of MT Lamentations and LXX Lamentations in parallel columns (Kevin Youngblood)
Appendix 2: A translation of Targum Lamentations (Christian Brady)
Appendix 3: Lamentations Rabbah (c. 30,000 words). (Jacob Neusner)
Appendix 4: Aquinas’ Commentary (c. 27.000 words) (PD)
(NOTE: we have not decided whether or not to include all the long appendices)
8 thoughts on “New book on Lamentations”
Um – this looks totally fantastic. I confess to special interest in Christian reception parts 1, 4, 5. You know how the use of Hebrew Bible in Christian worship is one of my big issues. Also the “Soundings” looks excellent.
I. Want. This. Book.
I am glad to hear it! I am finishing my chapter even now. 😉 (I am one of those holding up its production.) I believe their goal is still for a fall publication date, but I would guess early 2010.
This sounds very interesting. I hope there will be some stuff about preaching of Lamentations. Lamantation is in my experience very undervalued in preaching practice.
I surely buy this book.
Can you please let me know when this book is out? I have to get it!
It has been nearly a year since I posted this and I am afraid I have no word on publication date. I will be certain to post it once I know of its availability.
Very, very cool, Chris. I very much look forward to this.
Dr. Thomas is one of my professors at SEBTS. The Dean published this article on their blog: