Weep, O Daughter of Zion: A Study of the City-lament Genre in the Hebrew Bible

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Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Jan 1, 1993 - Religion - 228 pages
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The present study seeks to call attention to a literary genre whose existence in the Hebrew Bible, until recently, has gone largely unnoticed, or at least not fully appreciated. The city-lament is a well-known genre from ancient Mesopotamia. The biblical book of Lamentations has periodically been compared to some of the Mesopotamian city-laments. This study proposes that the resemblances (as well as the differences) between Lamentations and these Mesopotamian city-laments result because the texts are related at the level of genre.

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F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is coauthor of "Two Early Alphabetic Inscriptions from the Wadi el-Hol" and "Hebrew Inscriptions: Texts from the Biblical Period of the Monarchy, with Concordance".

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