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Jeremiah Closer Up: The Prophet and the Book

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Closer up than what? Many recent studies of Jeremiah leave us with but a faint glimmer of this great Hebrew prophet; in some he disappears completely into later tradition. The present essays combine to argue that both the prophet and his book can be viewed “closer up” than the imagination of many modern-day interpreters will allow.

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Closer up than what? Many recent studies of Jeremiah leave us with but a faint glimmer of this great Hebrew prophet; in some he disappears completely into later tradition. Some scholars think that the book of Jeremiah lacks historical veracity: when it was composed, supposedly in the late exilic or postexilic periods, historical memories had been dimmed and ideology had come to dominate the Jeremiah legacy. The present essays combine to argue that both the prophet and his book can be viewed “closer up” than the imagination of many modern-day interpreters will allow.

The first three essays discuss the text, rhetoric and composition of the book of Jeremiah. The longer Hebrew text is given preference over the Greek Septuagint text, which means that we can dispense entirely with the idea that scribes were busily writing, editing and expanding the Jeremiah book in Babylon. Rhetorical and other delimiting criteria show that Jeremiah’s so-called ‘Temple Sermon’ (7.1-15) is rather a cluster of three oracles manifesting a rudimentary form of logic. Finally, a correlation of Gedaliah’s murder with the exile of 582 argues for a nearly four-year existence of the remnant community at Mizpah, more than enough time for Jeremiah and Baruch to write up the events following the destruction of Jerusalem.

The remaining essays discuss Jeremiah’s views of history, the created order, the covenant, and nations of the world, as well as the prophet’s so-called ‘confessions’. These extraordinary insights into the interior disposition of a Hebrew prophet reveal how Jeremiah felt about the word he had to preach, and what impact it had on him personally. The confessions are analysed both as formal psalm-like laments, and as gems of rhetorical composition.

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Table of Contents

1 THE TEXT OF JEREMIAH
The LXX and MT
A Short Hebrew Text of Jeremiah
Haplography in the Short Hebrew Text

2 RUDIMENTARY LOGIC IN JEREMIAH
Logic among the Ancient Greeks
Argumentation in Ancient Israel
The Enthymeme in Prophetic Preaching
Rudimentary Logic in Oracle Clusters of Jeremiah

3 JEREMIAH AND SCROLL-MAKING
Telescoping History
Baruch, Seraiah, and the Jeremiah Scroll

4 JEREMIAH AND HISTORY
Historical Consciousness in Ancient Israel
Jeremiah’s Call Veiled in Mystery
The Prophet like Moses
A Romantic View of the Wilderness Trek
History Begins and Ends with Salvation

5 JEREMIAH AND THE CREATED ORDER
Visions of Cosmic Destruction
A Good Creation Gone Bad
Regular Creation, Irregular Judah
Humans Taking on the Behavior of Animals
Yahweh Creator of Heaven and Earth
Yahweh Creator and Re-creator of Nations
Yahweh’s Covenant with Creation
Yahweh and A New Creation

6 JEREMIAH AND THE COVENANT
Covenant in Ancient Israel
Covenant in Prophetic Preaching
Hosea on the Covenant
Jeremiah and the Covenant
Jeremiah’s New Covenant
The New Covenant in Judaism and Christianity

7 THE CONFESSIONS OF JEREMIAH
The Confessions Are Mostly Laments
Individual and Communal Laments in the Psalter
Rhetoric and Composition in the Psalms
Individual and Communal Laments of Jeremiah

8 JEREMIAH AND THE NATIONS
Hebrew Prophets as International Figures
Jeremiah Prophet to the Nations
Yahweh God of All Nations
Authenticity of Jeremiah’s Foreign Nation Oracles
Foreign Nation Oracles and Holy War
Rhetoric in Jeremiah’s Foreign Nation Oracles
Nations Judged for Wickedness, Hubris, and Idol Worship

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  1. Richard G. Smith, Review of Biblical Literature.

    This is a fine collections of essays, well written, quite readable and interesting. While Lundbom has presented many of these arguments elsewhere in more detail, this collection provides a more succinct and integrated presentation that challenges us to appreciate anew just how much the book of Jeremiah has to tell us about its own origins and the ministry of the prophet whose name it bears.

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Author
Jack R. Lundbom
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Series
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 31
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ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-907534-07-2
Paperback price
£15 / $22.50 / €17.50
ISBN 13 Paperback
978-1-909697-17-1
Format
Hardback / Paperback
Page Extent
xiii + 123
Publication Date
May 2013
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