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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. ii-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xiv

Foreword

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p. xv

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Author’s Foreword

William L. Holladay

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pp. xvii-xviii

The present volume completes my study of the book of Jeremiah begun in Jeremiah 1. That volume likewise contained an Author's Foreword (pp. xi-xiii); much of what is said there is relevant for the present volume as well and hardly needs reiteration -the distinction between the abbreviations Jer (for the book) and Jrm (for the prophet), the use in the translation of single diagonal brackets ( } for words gained from a revocalization of the consonantal text and of double brackets (( }} for words gained by an emendation of the consonantal...

Reference Codes

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pp. xix-xxxiv

Editor’s Note

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pp. xxxi-xxxiii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-96

"Prophetism taken as a whole constitutes a sort of backbone of the Old Testament. ... Now the prophet par excellence, the one who can allow us to surmise to some degree the experience lived by those men and their role in history, is indisputably Jeremiah"-so a French scholar has recently written. 1 And indeed the reader finds in the Book of jer a combination of words attributed to that prophet and of narratives of alleged events in his...

Commentary: Jeremiah 2

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pp. 97-98

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The Temple Sermon and Its Consequences (26:1–24)

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pp. 99-110

In the accession year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah this word came from Yahweh, as follows: 2/ Thus Yahweh has said: Stand in the court of the house of Yahweh and speak to all [the cities of]a Judah who enter to worship at the house of Yahweh all the words which I have commanded you to speak to them; do not subtract a thing. 3/ Perhaps each of them will listen and turn from...

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The Yoke of the King of Babylon (27:1–22)

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pp. 111-123

a b ((In the fourth year» of the reign ofb Zedekiahc son of Josiah king of Judah. this word came to Jeremiahd from Yahweh as follows:a 2/ Thus Yahweh has said [to me:]c "Prepare for yourself cords and yoke-pegs, and put them on your neck; 3/ and you shall send them off to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the Ammonites, the king of Tyre and the king of Sidon, by the hand of ((their ambassadors»a coming to Jerusalem to Zedekiah..

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Jeremiah’s Confrontation with Hananiah (28:1–17)

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pp. 124-130

And [in the same year]a d[in the accessionyear]b [ ... ] in the fourth yearc of ((Zedekiah king of Judah, »d in the fifth month, Hananiah son of Azzur. the prophet from Gibeon, spoke [to me]a in the house of Yahweh in ...

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A Letter to the Exiles (29:1–23)

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pp. 131-144

These are the words of the letter which Jeremiah [the prophet]a sent from Jerusalem to the preeminentb elders among the exiles, and to the priests and prophets and all the people [whom Nebuchadnezzar...

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Shemaiah Opposes the Message of Jeremiah (29:24–32)

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pp. 145-147

« Shemaiah the Nehelamite said: )) a 25/ Thus Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, has said:a (( .... ))b «And he sent in his (own) name))c da letterd [to all the people who are in Jerusalem and]a to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest [and to all the priests,]a as follows: 26/ Yahweh himself made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to be «overseer))a of the house of Yahweh for any madman who plays t...

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The Book of Comfort (30:1–31:40)

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pp. 148-201

Bohmer, Siegmund Heimkehr und neuer Bund, Studien zu Jeremia 30-31 (Gottinger Theologische Arbeiten 5; Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1976). Fohrer, Georg...

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Jeremiah Buys a Field (32:1–44)

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pp. 202-220

The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the tenth year a of Zedekiah, king of Judah: [it was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.]b [2/ At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah {the prophet)b was confined in the court of the guard which was in the house of...

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God Will Rebuild the Houses of Jerusalem (33:1–13)

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pp. 221-226

And the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah a second time, when he was again confined in the court of the guard, as follows: 2/ Thus Yahweh has said, a (who makes) ((whatever is,)) who shapes ((whatever is to come, )} a to establish it-Yahweh is his name: 3/ Call to me and I shall answer you, so that I may tell you great and inaccessible8 things which you do not know. 4/ For ...

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A Future for Levitical Priests and Davidic Kingship (33:14–26)

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pp. 227-231

The days are surely coming. oracle of Yahweh, when I shall perform the good word which I have spoken abouta the house of Israel and the house of Judah: 15/ In those days and in that time I shall make a scion aof righteousness a,b spring forth for David. and he shall do justice and righteousness in the land. 16/ In those days...

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The Fate of Zedekiah (34:1–7)

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pp. 232-235

The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh [when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army and all bthe kingdoms of ((the earth,)) {M: the land of the authority of his hand, and all the peoples)b were fighting against Jerusalem and against all her cities,]a as follows: 2/ [Thus Yahweh {God of lsrael)b ha...

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Breach of Faith Concerning Slavery (34:8–22)

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pp. 236-243

The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with [all]a the people [who were in Jerusalem]b to proclaim [to them]c liberty. 9/ that each should send out his male Hebrew slave and each his female Hebrew slave free. so that none should enslave (any) of them. (namely) his Jewis...

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The Example of the Rechabites (35:1–19)

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pp. 244-249

The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the days of Jehoiakim [son of Josiah] a king of Judah, as follows: 2/ Go to the house of the Rechabites [and you shall speak with them] a and you shall bring them into the house of Yahweh, to one of the chambers; and you shall give them wine to drink. 3/ So I took Jaazaniah...

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The King Burns Jeremiah’s Scroll (36:1–32)

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pp. 250-262

In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, a((the word of Yahweh)) came to Jeremiah [M: this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh; G: the word of Yahweh came to me]a as follows: 2/ Take for yourself a document-scroll and write on it all the words which I have spoken to you concerning Israela and Judah and all...

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The Final Months of Jeremiah’s Career (37:1–44:30)

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pp. 263-306

[King]a Zedekiah son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah son of Jehoiakim. whom Nebuchadrezzar [king of Babylon]b appointed to reign in [the land of]c Judah. 2/ But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land obeyed the words of Yahweh which he spoke by means of Jeremiah [the prophet.]a King Zedekiah sen...

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Yahweh’s Word to Baruch (45:1–5)

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pp. 307-311

The word which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch son of Neriah when he wrote these words in a document from the dictation of Jeremiah in the fourth year of Jehohikim son of Josiah king of Judah: 2/ Thus Yahweh [God of Israel]a has said to you, Baruch: 3/ You have said: "Woe is me, that Yahweh has added torment to my...

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The Oracles against Foreign Nations (46:1–51:58)

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pp. 312-314

These six chapters of oracles against foreign nations make up a distinct collection within the book, with their own superscription ( 46: 1 ). These oracles are found in G after 25:14, and in a different order, so that the chapter numeration of the book after that point differs in M and G (on this matter see further below, Placement and Order...

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Egypt Has Stumbled and Fallen (46:1–12)

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pp. 315-322

[This has come as the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.]a For Egypt; concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, who was on the river Euphrates at Carchemish, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim [son of Josiah]a king of Judah: Ready with buckler and shield, and advance for battle I Harness the horses. and mount the steed...

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Egypt Will Go into Exile (46:13–28)

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pp. 323-333

[The word]a what [M: that]a Yahweh spoke to Jeremiah [the prophet]b in regard to the coming of [Nebuchadrezzar]c the king of Babylon to strike down the land of Egypt: Declare [in Egypt and announce]a in Migdol, and announce in Memphis [and in Tahpanhes,]b say. "Form up and stand ready, for a sword has devoured those around you."...

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Philistia Will Be Washed Away (47:1–7)

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pp. 334-339

[This has come as the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet]• concerning the Philistines [before Pharaoh struck Gaza:)a 2/ Thus Yahweh has said: Look, waters are coming up from the north, to become an overflowing stream. to overflow the land and what fills it, a city and its inhabitants; humanity shall cry out and wail, every inhabitant of...

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Moab Will Be Brought Down (48:1–47)

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pp. 340-365

For Moab. Thus Yahweh [of hosts, God of Israel]a has said: Alas for Nebo, oh, it is ruined! Kiriathaim [has stood ashamed,]b is captured, the Citadel has stood ashamed, is terrified, the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned evil against her: "Come, let us end her as a nation!" Madmen, too: you shall weep, pursued by the sword. The sound of a cry from Horonaim, "Ruin and great collapse!" "Moab is broken!"-athey have made (their) cry...

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Rabbah Will be Destroyed, and the Ammonites Dispossessed (49:1–6)

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pp. 366-369

For the Ammonites. Thus Yahweh has said: Has Israel no sons? Has he no heir? Why then has ( Milcom )a dispossessed Gad,b and his people settled in its cities? [Therefore the time is surely coming, oracle of Yahweh,]a so I shall let the blast of battle be heard against b(( Rabbah)) [of the Ammonites.]b and it will become a desolate ruin, her daughter-villages will...

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Edom Will Fall (49:7–22)

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pp. 370-378

For Edom. Thus Yahweh [of hosts]a has said: bWisdom in Ternan is no more,b counsel has perished from the perceptive, their wisdom has turned rank. Flee, aturn back,a make your dwelling in the depths. inhabitants of Dedan. for the calamity of Esau I have brought upon him. the time when I punish him. [If grape-harvesters have come upon...

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The Aramean Cities Will Panic and Be Deserted (49:23–27)

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pp. 379-381

For Damascus. Hamath and Arpad are ashamed, for bad news they have heard, they waver ((like the sea))a (in) anxiety, b(that) cannot rest.b Damascus has lost heart, she has turned to flee, apanic has gripped her,a [misery and pangs have seized her like a woman in labor.]b How deserteda is [not]b the...

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Both Nomadic and Sedentary Arabs Will Be Defeated (49:28–33)

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pp. 382-386

For Kedar and the kingdoms of settled folk which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon struck down. Thus Yahweh has said: Arise. attack Kedar. and devastate the children of the east! Their tents and their sheep they shall take, their curtains and all their goods, and their camels-they shall lift for them. and they shall cry over them. "Terror on every side!" Flee, bemoana greatly, ...

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Yahweh’s Sovereignty Reaches Even to Elam (49:34–39)

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pp. 387-389

a This has come as the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet about Elama [in the accession year of Zedekiah king of Judah. as follows:]b 35/ Thus Yahweh [of hosts] a has said: I am going to break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might...

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Babylon Too Will Fall (50:1–51:58)

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pp. 390-431

aThe word that Yahweh spokea against Babylon [againstc the land of the Chaldeans by means of Jeremiah the prophet:]b Declare among the nations and announce, [and raise a signal, announce,] a do not conceal (it), say, Babylon has been captured, bBel is ashamed, Mardukc is panicked, [her idols are a...

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Jeremiah Sends Word to Babylon of Her Destruction (51:59–64)

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pp. 432-435

The word that ((Yahweh}}acommanded Jeremiah the prophet ((to say to )}a Seraiah son of Neriah son of Mahseiah when he went ((from )} a Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign: Seraiah was the officer of (tribute. )b 60/ Jeremiah wrotea all the evil that would come on Babylon in one document, all these words ..

52:1–34; A Historical Appendix

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pp. 436-446

Bibliography

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pp. 447-462

Indices

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pp. 463-541

Designer’s Notes

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pp. 542-544

Book Spine

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