Book of Lamentations
|Light iron-age reading
|Gabbin' with God
The Book of Lamentations is a set of five poems supposedly written by Jeremiah, a Jewish "prophet". It is considered to be a fairly firsthand account of the conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.
The structure is fairly predictable.
- Jews do bad things to upset God.
- God decides to give the Jews yet another incredibly harsh object lesson to see if they'll finally "get it".
- Jews lament what has happened and promise to never upset God again.
- The following Tuesday, the cycle begins anew.