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Reading the Book of Jeremiah

A Search for Coherence

Edited by Martin Kessler

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Reading the Book of Jeremiah

A Search for Coherence

Edited by Martin Kessler

Ferment is the correct word by which to characterize current Jeremiah studies, a deep and broad stirring that relies on previous scholarship but that seeks to move beyond that scholarship in bold and new ways. This collection of fine essays not only reflects that ferment but in important ways contributes to it and advances the discussion.

 

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Ferment is the correct word by which to characterize current Jeremiah studies, a deep and broad stirring that relies on previous scholarship but that seeks to move beyond that scholarship in bold and new ways. This collection of fine essays not only reflects that ferment but in important ways contributes to it and advances the discussion.

Most broadly, the current discussion seeks to move beyond the historical-critical categories of Sigmund Mowinckel and Bernhard Duhm and the classic formulation of three sources, A, B, and C. In Jeremiah as in other parts of biblical scholarship, the new questions concern the inadequacy of historical-critical readings of a positivistic kind and the prospect of synchronic readings, either through ideological analysis that seeks to show that ideology shapes the book, or through canonical readings that find a large theological intentionality to the whole of the book. It turns out, perforce, that ideological and canonical readings are closely twinned in their judgment about the literature.

This present collection, which includes both new voices and some of the established major players in the discussion, merits important attention.” From the preface, by Walter Brueggemann

Preface

Editor’s Introduction

An Approach to the Book of Jeremiah Klaas A. D. Smelik

Toward a Synchronic Analysis of the Masoretic Text of the Book of Jeremiah A. J. O. van der Wal

Getting Closer to Jeremiah: The Word of Yhwh and the Literary-Theological Person of a Prophet Joep Dubbink

Jeremiah the Prophet: Astride Two Worlds Louis Stulman

The Scaffolding of the Book of Jeremiah Martin Kessler

The Place of the Reader in Jeremiah C. R. Seitz

The Polyphonic Jeremiah: A Reading of the Book of Jeremiah Robert P. Carroll

The Function of Jeremiah 50 and 51 in the Book of Jeremiah Klaas A. D. Smelik

A God of Vengeance? Comparing Yhwh’s Dealings with Judah and Babylon in the Book of Jeremiah J. G. Amesz

At the Mercy of Babylon: A Subversive Rereading of the Empire Walter Brueggemann

Jeremiah’s Message of Hope: Public Faith and Private Anguish Ronald Clements

“Your Exile Will Be Long”: The Book of Jeremiah and the Unended Exile John Hill

Divine Reliability and the Conceptual Coherence of the Book of Consolation (Jeremiah 30–31) Bob Becking

Citations from the Book of Jeremiah in the New Testament J. W. Mazurel

Bibliography

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

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