Universität Wien FIND

020028 SE Interdisciplinary Research (2018W)

Lamentations in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 2 - Evangelische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Parts of the Seminary will be in English:
- the Joint Classroom at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, 11.-16.11.2018, with Dr. Uri Gabbay et al.
- the seminary with Prof. Dr. Yair Zakovitch from the Hebrew University Jerusalem on Fr, January 11th, 2019, 9.45-13.00, HS 1 about Lamentations between innerbiblical and postbiblical interpretations

Wednesday 03.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Wednesday 10.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Wednesday 17.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Wednesday 07.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 Schenkenstraße 8-10 6.OG
Friday 11.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 1 Schenkenstraße 8-10 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Content of the seminary is reading, discussing and comparing Sumerian Laments and Laments in the Hebrew Bible. In addition to that, the biblical book of Lamentations will be interpreted in its innerbiblical context, in rabbinic literature and in modern Israel (remembering the Shoa).

Assessment and permitted materials

- participation in the seminary
- preparation of biblical and other texts with commentaries
- written exegesis of a text from Lamentations: in comparison to a sumerian lamentation, another biblical text or a rabbinic interpretation (about 5-10 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation in all 3 parts of the seminar (preparatory sessions in Vienna, Joint Classroom in Jerusalem and seminary with Prof. Dr. Yair Zakovitch in Vienna) is required (maximum 1 absence at a preparatory meeting). A positive grade of the written exegesis is essential for a positive evaluation of the seminar.
It is possible to participate only at parts of the seminary for interest.

Examination topics

content of the seminary

Reading list

- Frevel, Christian: Die Klagelieder (NStKAT 20/1), Stuttgart 2017
- Neusner, Jacob: Lamentations Rabbah. An Analytical Translation, Atlanta 1989
- Samet, Nili: The Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur, Winona Lake 2014
More literature will be provided in Moodle.

Association in the course directory


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