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The suffering witness: a missiological reading of Lamentations

Bob Wielenga
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 41, No 1 | a296 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v41i1.296 | © 2007 Bob Wielenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2007 | Published: 27 July 2007

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Bob Wielenga, Reformed Mission Richmond, South Africa

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This article explores the possibilities of a missiological reading of the book of Lamentations. Based upon a historical understanding of Lamentations, Christological conclusions are drawn from it with a view on formulating some missiologically relevant guidelines for missionary praxis. This article contends that Lamentations was composed to be used pastorally in an unprecedented crisis in Jerusalem in 586 BCE. In a situation of utter powerlessness and otherlessness the lamenting population was shown a way to rebuild their shattered universe by, paradoxically, reaching out to their God who was not there for them anymore. The suffering witness of Lamentations 3 is used as a Christological model, which is applied to missionary praxis. In the fields of worship and liturgy, aid and assistance and prophetic analysis the church has to continue the witnessing ministry of her Lord, empowered by his Spirit.


Christology And Ecclesiology; Lamentations And Mission; Witness In Suffering; Worship And Suffering


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