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Eisenbrauns, forthcoming). 21. ” 22. Philip J. King and Lawrence E. Stager, Life in Biblical Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001), 234–36. 23. For a balanced overview of the debate, with bibliography, see John J. Collins, The Bible after Babel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 37–51. 24. Avi Hurvitz, “The Historical Quest for ‘Ancient Israel’ and the Linguistic Evidence of the Hebrew Bible: Some Methodological Observations,” VT 47 (1997): 301–15; Martin Ehrensvärd, “Once Again: The Problem of Dating Biblical Hebrew,” SJOT 11 (1997): 29–40.

Only in chapter 3 does hope burst through, tentatively, unsteadily, and briefly. Yet even before considering what Lamentations says, it conveys meaning by how it says it. . : Orbis, 2002. . On Lamentations as a work of survival, see Tod Linafelt, Surviving Lamentations: Catastrophe, Lament and Protest in the Afterlife of a Biblical Book (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). . On ambiguity of dating see Ian Provan, Lamentations (NCBC; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991). -27- 28 lamentations Poetic Structures: Voices Lamentations is a book of voices, of stunning, intermingling, and clashing testimonies by survivors of the city’s fall.

W. Dobbs-Allsopp, “Psalms and Lyric Verse,” in The Evolution of Rationality: Interdisciplinary Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen (ed. F. Leron Shults; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), 346–79. ”44 Moreover, the themes selected for emphasis do not normally find a central place in more traditional and systematic theologies. My pose is explicitly postmodern, and I mine theological and nontheological sources alike in my effort to craft a way of thinking theology that may make claims and win interest beyond theology.

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