Jeremiah in History and Tradition examines aspects of the Book of Jeremiah from a variety of perspectives including historical, textual, redaction, and feminist criticism, as well as the history of its reception.
The book looks afresh at the Book of Jeremiah through the lens of intertextuality and reception history in the broadest sense, exploring Jeremiah in its historical context as well as the later history and interpretation of the text, and also reconsidering aspects of the Book of Jeremiah’s traditions. This volume features essays from a unique assembly of scholars, both seasoned and new. It is divided into two parts: "Jeremiah in History", which explores a variety of readings of Jeremiah from the point of view of classical historical criticism; and "Jeremiah in Tradition", which discusses the portraits and use of both the book and the figure of Jeremiah in extra-biblical traditions.
Offering challenging new theories, Jeremiah in History and Tradition is invaluable to scholars and students in the field of Biblical Studies. It is a useful resource for anyone working on the interpretation of the biblical text and the readings of the text of Jeremiah throughout history.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Jeremiah in History and Tradition JIM WEST AND NIELS PETER LEMCHE
PART I: JEREMIAH IN HISTORY
1 The Book of Jeremiah’s redaction history in light of its oldest manuscripts MICHAEL LANGLOIS
2 Jeremiah, Plato and Socrates: Greek antecedents to the Book of Jeremiah RUSSELL GMIRKIN
3 Will Jeremiah save the history of ancient Israel? NIELS PETER LEMCHE
4 Jeremiah and the ark THOMAS RÖMER
5 Evidence for the dating of the Masoretic Text of Jeremiah LISBETH S. FRIED
PART II: JEREMIAH IN TRADITION
6 Jeremiah, Jehoiachin and ‘The Branch’: King Jehoiachin in Jeremianic interpretive tradition MELVIN SENSENIG
7 The mystery of the missing temple: the tradition about the destruction of Shiloh in Jeremiah 7:12-14 NIELS PETER LEMCHE
8 Calling-not-answering and internalisation of Torah in Proverbs 1-9: Jeremiah and Israelite wisdom literature JISEONG JAMES KWON
9 The memory of Micah’s Oracle in Jeremiah 26, or, Isaiah forgotten JAMES M. BOS
10 Jeremiah as eraser: the history of consequences of Daughter Zion and the prophet SUSANNAH LARRY
11 Jeremiah never saw that coming: how Jesus miscalculated the end times, DEANE GALBRAITH
Jim West is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Church History at Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong, and Associate Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament. He is the author of a series of commentaries on the Bible and co-editor, with J. Crossley, of History, Politics and the Bible from the Iron Age to the Media Age (2016).
Niels Peter Lemche is Professor Emeritus at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His work on the history of ‘ancient Israel’ and the Old Testament as a book dating mainly from the Hellenistic period is well known. His work on prophets includes studies in the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah, as well as a study of prophets as the other side of the coin compared to Deuteronomistic historical literature. He is the Founder of the European Association of Biblical Studies, and has been Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament since he founded it in 1987.