Jeremiah and God's Plans of Well-being
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of South Carolina Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Series Editor’s Preface
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Critical study of the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting has stimulated interest in the individuals who shaped the course of history and whom events singled out as tragic or heroic figures. Rolf Rendtorff's Men of the Old Testament (1968) focuses on the lives of important biblical figures as a means of illuminat-ing history, particularly the sacred dimension that permeates Israel's convictions ...
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As I complete and present this book, I think gratefully of the students I have taught at San Domenico School, Dominican College of San Rafael (now Do-minican University), the Graduate Theological Union. I am deeply appreciative of colleagues who have taught me a great deal and in so many ways. I have gained immeasurably from the many opportunities I have been given to present my ...
Chart of the Book of Jeremiah Assumed
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...● 4:5–6:30: 4:5–14; 4:16–31; 5:1–9; 5:10–19; 5:20–31; 6:1–15; 6:16–30● 10:1–25: 10:1–5; 10:6–10; 10:11–16; 10:17–18; 10:19–22; 10:23–25Chapters 11–20: Prose Ministry (in lowercase letters) and Soliloquies (numbered for prophet and deity); they are additionally grouped into seven units (upper case ● One: #a, 11:2–14, is a covenant speech: unappreciated past...
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Modern Western thinkers do not believe that either divine anger or human sinfulness fully explain disaster. We understand both national and personal Can a responsible, coherent, compelling book on biblical Jeremiah be composed from the vast complexity of issues that must be addressed in it? How can a classic, gathering shape from the sixth century b.c.e. and then thriving under interpret-...
1 Womb and Workshop—Jeremiah Learns His Calling
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Jeremiah was heir to a rhetorical tradition already ancient, one that had developed in the oldest known cultures of the Near East before it took place We meet Jeremiah as he is constituted and committed as a prophet. The narrator of the book provides words of YHWH to and through Jeremiah extending over the last forty years of the monarchy, from King Josiah’s thirteenth year to King ...
2 Overture—Problems and Resolutions Rehearsed
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Having encountered Jeremiah’s persona at his calling and initial prophetic speech and considered some of his classic language regarding Judah’s neighbors, we are now ready to meet him in what are plausibly early days of ministry.1 We will now examine chapters 2–10 as an overture, hearing characters’ voices both tangled in complex discourse and drawing on classic imagery. The intersection among ...
3 Resistance—Deity and Prophet as Partners and Adversaries
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The book of Jeremiah provides an opportunity to test the potential of . . . a holistic, systemic approach to the Bible . . . with the dual challenges of pay-ing proper attention to its undeniable complexity and of coming, neverthe-As we proceed with our reading of the book of Jeremiah and deepen our ac-quaintance with its named character, we continue to monitor the key issues of ...
4 Deep Learning—Experiencing the Heart of God
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A variety of characters play the role of lamenter. Israel’s God, the primary lamenter, bemoans his role in the destruction of his beloved estate.The purpose of this chapter is twofold: First, to examine the poetry in chaps. 11–20 and demonstrate how the pieces can—in terms of genre and rhetoric—be seen productively and reasonably as soliloquy laments of prophet and deity, ...
5 Well-Being or Disaster—The Case Argued
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The tragic plot of prophecy may be traced to the undermining of the false security of those ruling Israelites who unheedingly build their domains of power at the expense of community, only to see them come crashing down in military and political defeat. The tragedy of these leaders is sometimes viewed as “unknowing,” but it is finally stigmatized as willful and culpable ...
6 God's Desires Contested—The Case Embodied by Strange Resemblance and in Negative Space
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The lives of prophet and king mirror one another in their limited choices The case developing in this book shows God and Jeremiah embarked on an urgent challenge of persuasion, aiming first themselves to see and then to show reluctant audiences that something apparently harmful may be good, that something vastly nonpreferred must be chosen. Their project continues to meet powerful resistance ...
7 Getting Out
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The only chance of newness is due to God’s radical and undeserved action.In the previous pages of this book, my argument has singled out and valorized the reluctant readiness of some in Judah and Jerusalem to relocate to Babylon in order to survive. I have tried to show how counterintuitive and dispreferred that decision would be for any steeped—as I presume the people of Judah and Jerusa-...
Afterword and Implications
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Narrative, in short, is more than literature, it is the way we understand our lives. . . . Great literature speaks to the deepest level of our humanity; it It is time to return to the questions with which this book began: Can a respon-sible, coherent, compelling book on biblical Jeremiah result from a study of the vast complexity of issues that make it up? How can a classic, gathering shape ...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament