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The poetry found in the Book of Lamentations is an eloquent expression of one man's, and one nation's, despair. The poet is deep in mourning as a result of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE. He looks to Israel's own sins to explain the catastrophe and wonders if God has abandoned his people.Other biblical poems with twenty-two lines exista€”Psalms 33, 38, l03a€”and it is reasonable to suppose that in all of these cases the number of lines is ... Acrostic compositions were written in both ancient Egypta€œ and ancient Mesopotamia.

Author:Delbert R. Hillers
Publisher:Anchor Bible - 1972-03-01


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