Rev. Dr Anthony Loke, Lecturer in Old Testament and Academic Dean of Seminari Theologi Malaysia taught an excellent and enjoyable Spiritual Formation Institute Seminar on the book of Lamentations on 16 November 2012 in Johor Bahru.
Lamentations is a difficult book to deal with in the the Hebrew corpus and many Christians do not know how to deal with it.
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After a general introduction to the book, Anthony identifies the five voices speaking in the book: the narrator, daughter Zion, strong man, community voice and God. He includes God though God is silent throughout the book.
Using the outline from Kathleen O’Connor and his own book, Anthony led the participants through the book, teaching them to appreciate the different voices speaking and the anguish behind the words. He also demonstrate the structure of the book which is that of a funeral song.