Talk:Book of Lamentations

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When Was Lamentations Composed?[edit]

According to a story in the Babylonian Talmud, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th chapters are those cast into the fire by King Yehoyachin in Jerusalem at the time (that event is recounted is in Jeremiah). Subsequently, Jeremiah authored a 4th chapter, which (for some reason) was placed between the older chapters. According to this, the first four chapters were actually written prophetically, as the Temple in Jerusalem had not yet been destroyed. After the destruction, Jeremiah composed the fifth chapter, lamenting the actual destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. I regret that at this point, I don't have any sources. They are easy enough to find, though, and I feel this story should make it into the article. 70.23.119.61 (talk) 03:06, 26 April 2009 (UTC) M. Wolfe