Original Research - Special Collection: Eben Scheffler Festschrift

The punished and the lamenting body

Pieter van der Zwan
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5092 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5092 | © 2019 Pieter van der Zwan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 May 2018 | Published: 26 February 2019

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Pieter van der Zwan, Department of Old Testament, University of South Africa, South Africa


The 5 lamentations, when read as a single biblical book, outline several interacting bodies in a similar way that dotted lines present the silhouettes and aspects of a total picture. Each also represents action, building into a plot that can be interpreted psychoanalytically to render its depth and colour content. In addition, by focusing on the body and its sensations, this study can facilitate the visceral experience of the suffering of collective and individual bodies by the recipient.


Lamentations; psychoanalytical interpretation; suffering bodies


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