Megillat Eikha
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #01: Introduction to Eikha In this shiur, we introduce our study of the book of Eikha, touching upon our goals and methods, as well as focusing on a number of important issues of background: the name of the book, its authorship, its unity, and the date of its composition. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #02: Historical Introduction: Part I – The Exile of the Northern Kingdom In this shiur, we will discuss the historical background of Eikha, focusing on the exile of the tribes of the Northern Kingdom and its effect on the people of Judah. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #03: Historical Introduction, Part II – Sennacherib’s Campaign and the Failed Siege of Jerusalem The extraordinary deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrian army forms an important historical backdrop to the book of Eikha. An episode that began as an inspiring manifestation of God’s miraculous intervention to save Jerusalem developed in a catastrophic direction. Drawing the wrong conclusions in the aftermath of this astounding incident, the nation became complacent in their overconfidence in the city’s sacred status. In this shiur, we will study this event and its repercussions. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #04: Historical Introduction, Part III - Josiah’s Death In this shiur, we will discuss the effects of Josiah's death on the people of Judah, focusing on the theological response. As we will see, the approaches to that catastrophe are reflected in the book of Eikha as well. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #05: Eikha: Theology and Human Suffering (Part I) In this shiur, we will begin our analysis of the theology of the book of Eikha. The book often questions God's justice in a manner that appears irreverent. Is this an acceptable approach? We will further note that it is difficult to determine the underlying theology of the book, and we will begin to suggest a number of possibilities. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #06: Eikha: Theology and Human Suffering (Part II) In this shiur, we continue to discuss the theological perspective of the book of Eikha. We will see that by subtly addressing the traumatized relationship between God and man in the face of atrocities, Eikha paints a complex portrait of the theology of human suffering. Furthermore, the literary artistry of the work focuses on the concept that the suffering endured by Jerusalem was to be expected, given her sins. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #07: Biblical Poetry and the Book of Eikha (Part I) The dense concentration of poetic techniques used in the composition of the book of Eikha indicates its poetic nature. In this shiur, we will begin to study how these techniques effectively convey the content and meaning of the book Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #08: Biblical Poetry and the Book of Eikha (Part II) In this shiur, we will continue to discuss a number of poetic elements of the book of Eikha, including the use of wordplay, repetition, different voices, alphabetic structure, and chiasm. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #09: Eikha: Chapter 1 In this shiur, we will begin to study the text of the book of Eikha, focusing on the change of narrator in the first chapter and how this method powerfully conveys the central idea. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #10: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) In this shiur, we begin our study of the text of Eikha, focusing on the imagery of loneliness portrayed in the opening verse. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #11: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) In this shiur, we will study verses 2-3 in Eikha ch. 1, focusing on the abandonment of Israel on the part of her "lovers," her solitude, and allusions to the Egyptian exile. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #12: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) After a brief glance at the exiles in verse 3, we will soon return our attention to Jerusalem, but not immediately. First, we experience the eerie loneliness of the journey back to Jerusalem. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #13: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) For the second time (see also verse 3), Eikha turns its attention to the sights outside of Jerusalem, to the far-flung places where her inhabitants have gone. Bemoaning the depletion of the city’s glory, the verse does not specify what exactly constituted the city’s former glory. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #14: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Eikha 1:8: The haunting portrait of suffering abruptly gives way to harsh accusation: “Jerusalem surely sinned!” Until now, Jerusalem’s misery inclines the reader to empathize with her suffering. The tone shifts sharply here as the narrator points an accusatory finger at Jerusalem. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #15: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Eikha 1:9: Continuing the portrait of Jerusalem’s moral impurity, this verse contains a powerful metaphor of a sullied city, whose moral impurities are visible to all. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #16: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Jerusalem’s Sufferings - Eikha 1:10-11 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #17: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Eikha 1:12-15 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #18: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Eikha 1:16 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #19: Eikha: Chapter 1 (continued) Eikha 1:18-19 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #20: Chapter 1: In Summation Although its alphabetic structure suggests order, the first chapter of Eikha is thematically haphazard. The chapter flings about a myriad of topics, including: Jerusalem’s tears, the exile of her population, the groans and sorrow of the suffering, the success and mockery of the enemies, the desecration of the Temple, the starvation of the population, and the inescapable, ever-looming certainty of death. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #21: Eikha: Chapter 2 Chapter 2 opens by offering the reader eyewitness access to the obliteration of the city. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #22: Chapter 2: Part I (Verses 1-10) The Narrator’s Account of Jerusalem’s Destruction To describe the assault on the city, the narrator harnesses several tools of verbal artistry. Most prominently, as noted, synonyms shape the narrative. God’s purposeful destruction is the subject of nearly every sentence in the first eight verses of the chapter. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #23: Eikha 2:2 God swallowed up; He did not pity. All of the habitations of Jacob. He demolished in his rage. The fortresses of the daughter of Judah. He thrusts it down to the earth. He profaned the kingdom and her officers. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #24: Eikha Chapter 2 (continued) God’s agents vanish completely in this verse. Instead, God comes into focus, bow in right hand, poised to smite Israel. A powerful, invincible foe – God is twice designated enemy in this verse, followed by a third in the following verse – God carefully arranges and unleashes devastation. Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Dr. Yael Ziegler Shiur #25: Eikha Chapter 2 (continued) Eikha 2:6 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)

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