By Jack R. Lundbom
Nearer up than what? Many fresh reviews of Jeremiah depart us with yet a faint glimmer of this nice Hebrew prophet; in a few he disappears thoroughly into later culture. a few students imagine that the e-book of Jeremiah lacks ancient veracity: while it was once composed, supposedly within the past due exilic or postexilic sessions, ancient stories have been dimmed and beliefs had come to dominate the Jeremiah legacy. the current essays mix to argue that either the prophet and his e-book might be seen "closer up" than the mind's eye of many modern day interpreters will permit. the 1st 3 essays speak about the textual content, rhetoric and composition of the ebook of Jeremiah. The longer Hebrew textual content is given choice over the Greek Septuagint textual content, this means that we will dispense solely with the concept scribes have been busily writing, enhancing and increasing the Jeremiah e-book in Babylon. Rhetorical and different delimiting standards exhibit that Jeremiah's so-called 'Temple Sermon' (7.1-15) is very a cluster of 3 oracles manifesting a rudimentary kind of good judgment. ultimately, a correlation of Gedaliah's homicide with the exile of 582 argues for an almost four-year life of the remnant neighborhood at Mizpah, good enough time for Jeremiah and Baruch to write down up the occasions following the destruction of Jerusalem. the remainder essays talk about Jeremiah's perspectives of heritage, the created order, the covenant, and countries of the area, in addition to the prophet's so-called 'confessions'. those impressive insights into the inner disposition of a Hebrew prophet demonstrate how Jeremiah felt concerning the note he needed to pontificate, and what impression it had on him for my part. The confessions are analysed either as formal psalm-like laments, and as gemstones of rhetorical composition.