The book of Jeremiah has provoked a number of major commentaries in the last twenty years. Those in English differ dramatically in their conclusions about the nature of the book, and the discussion has been extended by important German work, notably by Winfried Thiel and Konrad Schmid. John Job examines the treatment of rulers contemporary with the prophet and shows that the attitude to these kings varied greatly from one part of the book to another, indicating great redactional complexity. This leads on to a final chapter concerned with wider theological issues, particularly those affected by recent post-modern scholarship. Here, taking a distinctive position in the debate about the 'final form of the Old Testament', the author draws out implications for reading the book as Christian scripture.
'There is a very extensive bibliography, and it soon becomes clear that Job is familiar with the standpoint of virtually every scholar to have written on Jeremiah in recent times. The book can be warmly recommended… Overall it is a serious addition to the welcome new series of SOTS monographs.' Theological Book Review
Contents: Foreword; Introduction; The indictment of Judah's kings; Josiah; Jehoahaz; Jehoiakim; Jehoiachin; Zedekiah; David; Nebuchadnezzar; The emerging picture; Reading Jeremiah as Christian scripture; Index.