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Lauress L. Wilkins

Lauress Wilkins is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in Latin American Studies, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Boston University, concentrating in Hebrew Bible. Her research explores the social worlds of biblical communities and literary themes that connect them.

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The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era

ISBN: 978-1-60724-112-6
Using a form of social-historical criticism this book provides a counter-reading of Lamentations that elucidates the impact and aftermath of siege warfare on Judah's peasants. The rhetoric of Lamentations, ancient Near Eastern writings, and archaeological evidence are considered, along with social models from other agrarian societies. Together these shed light on the changing social dynamics, religious customs, and political and economic structures of rural and urban Judah in the sixth century BCE. This study brings to life voices long silent, and suggests that Judah's peasants played a significant role in the survival of peasant and city-dweller alike, when Jerusalem fell.