Lamentations has traditionally been ascribed to Jeremiah, probably on the grounds of the reference in 2 Chronicles 35:25 to the prophet composing a lament on the death of King Josiah, but there is no reference to Josiah in the book and no other reason to connect Lamentations to Jeremiah. Many Scholars believe there were multiple authors.
Lamentations is a collection of 5 poetic laments for the decay of society that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. The first four poems are written as acrostic shaving 22 verses, corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the first lines beginning with the first letter of the alphabet, the second with the second letter, and so on. Poem 3 has 66 verses, so that each letter begins three lines, and the fifth poem is not acrostic but still has 22 lines.
In the first poem the city [civil society] sits as a desolate like a weeping widow overcome with grief and miseries.
In poem 2 these miseries are described in connection with national sins which brought a consequence called the wrath of God.
Poem 3 speaks of hope for the people of God: the chastisement would only be for their good; a better day would dawn for them.
Poem 5 is a prayer that Zion's reproach may be taken away in the repentance and return of the people to The Way of God. The five poems can be seen as the five truths in God's universe and apply to all times.
Early non Bible authors
Athenagoras of Athens | Methodius of Olympus | The Gospel of Thomas |
Hippolytus of Rome | Justin the Martyr | Jerome | Augustine of Hippo |
Epistle of Mathetes |
Philo Judaeus or Philo of Alexandria and The Allegories of the Sacred Laws
People in the Bible
Paul the Apostle | Melchizedek | Moses | Cain | Caesar | Herod | Jesus |
John the Baptist | Nimrod | Abraham | Essenes |
Buddha | Celsus | Constantine | Eusebius | Marcus Tullius Cicero | Augustine of Canterbury |
Ambrose | Lady Godiva | Plutarch | Polybius | Seneca | Tacitus | Vespian | Manichaeism | John Wycliffe |