The Book of Jeremiah is a book of trauma, conflict, and challenge set in the lead-up and aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BC. Jeremiah is called, persecuted, and eventually kidnapped. The nation seeks political alliances and help from other gods, but does not trust or obey the God of Israel. Jeremiah struggles with God in his ‘confessions’ (Chapters 11–20), and works towards a deeper knowledge of God and his ways as he sees his nation crumble under selfish and incompetent leadership, and finally swept away in forced migration to Babylon.
12 credit points
|Corequisites||OT002: OT Prophets and Writings|
|Exclusion||OT014/015: Exilic Prophecy (if the Jeremiah option was studied)|
|Reading List (Bibliography)||View the reading list here|
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The lectures on the English text are for all students. All students are encouraged to prayerfully read through the whole text of Jeremiah in English at least once before the semester begins. Jot down your thoughts and questions and bring them on Day 1.
Hebrew students undertake an additional hour of Hebrew language exegesis. Additionally, Hebrew students will benefit from listening to Jeremiah 1 (e.g. Bible Reader on animatedhebrew.com or Bible.Is), and memorising a few keywords or phrases from Chapter 1. Translation in Hebrew will begin on Day 1 with Jeremiah 1.1–10.