Learning Lament: The Feminine City - #ec2dot03

Learning Lament: The Feminine City - #ec2dot03

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Welcome back to season 2, episode 3 of Another Empty Conversation. Today we are continuing our discussion on Learning Lament: Faith and Sadness of Biblical proportions. And we turn our attention to the City.

In the book of Lamentations, the city of Jerusalem plays a central character in Jeremiah’s tale of sadness and destruction.

But Jeremiah doesn’t talk about the city as an abstract geographic location. It was not a place that was simply located on a map. The city represents more than a place. It represents the people who live in that place.

But how Jeremiah talks about Jerusalem is very critical to our understanding of the suffering of the people living in Jerusalem.

By giving Jerusalem a voice, it should teach us to listen to the cries of the oppressed and down-trodden. To give Jerusalem the voice of a sexually assaulted woman should make us pause and reflect on the current social climate that is going on in the United States.

Without the feminine voice of Jerusalem, we can’t understand the voice of the city and we can’t understand the book of the Lamentations.

Is it possible that without a strong feminine voice in Christianity we can’t understand the Bible and God’s message of redemption?

These insights will guide our discussion today as will our Focus 5 Questions of the week.

This Week's Focus 5:

  1. The sexually assaulted woman (Lamentations 1:8-10) is a powerful image of shame and distress. How does this description make you feel?
  2. The voice of the oppressed and abused often gets silenced especially if it is the voice of a woman (Brock Turner rape case). Jeremiah instead gives a loud voice to the oppressed women. What can we learn from this?
  3. Women have classically played the role of the ones being rescued - in the Bible and in popular culture - is this a bad thing? a good thing?
  4. Some would argue that the story of the Bible is the story of men encountering God and therefore women play a secondary role. How would you respond to someone who held these views?
  5. How has the silencing of women in the church hurt the proclamation of the gospel?

Closing Quote

The book of Lamentations gives us a clear example of the necessity of women’s voices among God’s people. In these passages in Lamentations 1, women’s voices stand front and center. Lamentations does not survive without the voice of women. Unfortunately, in recent years, the American evangelical community has attempted to silence the voices of women. By silencing these voices, we have an inadequate understanding of Lamentations and the biblical message as a whole.
— Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times
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