Book Details

Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament (by Rebekah Eklund)
The Library of New Testament Studies
Published: 02-26-2015
ISBN: 9780567656551


Lament does not seem to be a pervasive feature of the New Testament, particularly when viewed in relation to the Old Testament. A careful investigation of the New Testament, however, reveals that it thoroughly incorporates the pattern of Old Testament lament into its proclamation of the gospel, especially in the person of Jesus Christ as he both prays and embodies lament. As an act that fundamentally calls upon God to be faithful to God’s promises to Israel and to the church, lament in the New Testament becomes a prayer of longing for God’s kingdom, which has been inaugurated in the ministry and resurrection of Jesus, fully to come.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Bridging from Lament in the Old Testament to Lament in the New
Chapter 2 The Laments of Jesus in the Fourfold Gospel
Chapter 3 Son of Man, Son of Abraham: Jesus Laments as a Human Being and an Israelite
Chapter 4 King, Priest, Prophet: Jesus Laments as the Messiah
Chapter 5 Divine Lament
Chapter 6 Christian Lament and Inaugurated Eschatology
Chapter 7 Conclusion: Lament as a Christian Practice