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By Mark Roncace

The booklet bargains a narratological and intertextual interpreting of Jeremiah 37:1 to 40:6, a textual content that includes the dynamic interplay among the prophet Jeremiah and King Zedekiah within the context of occasions surrounding the autumn of Jerusalem. whereas there were many literary stories of biblical texts, there was little such paintings at the narratives within the booklet of Jeremiah. This truth is impressive because the Jeremianic tales are narrated in a full of life and complex demeanour, and comprise advanced characters and bright discussion and motion, corresponding to texts within the fundamental historical past that have acquired even more literary recognition. Roncace's e-book starts off to discover the richness of the prophetic narratives in Jeremiah. The examine makes a speciality of problems with characterization and perspective in addition to the text's connections with different passages within the ebook of Jeremiah and people past it, relatively the Deuteronomistic background. Roncace argues that the textual content develops complicated photos of either Zedekiah and Jeremiah. it's not a narrative of the nice prophet and the undesirable king; occasions as chaotic and complicated because the ultimate days of Jerusalem don't demand a black-and-white tale. quite the textual content invitations either sympathy and feedback for Jeremiah and Zedekiah. Jeremiah is the embattled prophet of God; but every now and then he looks misleading and manipulative, extra taken with his personal health than that of the folk, and his message may be ambiguous and after all isn't totally right. Zedekiah, for his half, seems receptive to Jeremiah's observe and protects the prophet from others who may damage him; but he's too irresolute to take any motion to avoid wasting the town. the anomaly within the portrayals of either figures is extra constructed via intertextual connections. Jeremiah might be in comparison to Moses, the Rabshakeh, Daniel, Joseph, Samuel, Nathan, and Micaiah, whereas Zedekiah may be in comparison to the monarchs that correspond to those figures (Pharaoh, Hezekiah, Saul, David, and Ahab).

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The poetry, then, intersects with the DH's list of the last kings of Judah to produce an intertextual account of their fates. A different brand of intertextual connections with the Pentateuch and the DH can be seen in the links between the person Jeremiah and Moses. Holladay has argued that the historical Jeremiah self-consciously modeled his career after Moses. 71 Moses is presented as a prophet who intercedes for the people and prevents their complete destruction, even if they still must wander in the wilderness for forty years.

24 Jeremiah, Zedekiah, and the Fall of Jerusalem reading of all the episodes. " Sometimes it will remind them of Joseph in the pit, at other times of Ahab and Micaiah, or of Isaiah and Hezekiah. "83 Callaway—with the aid of Riffaterre— has pointed in the right direction: the ungrammaticalities in the text—long observed by redaction critics—force the reader to search for a solution, which can be found by moving into a network of intertextual relationships from which meaning emerges. As Callaway has shown, prophet-king stories provide the framework against which the stories of Jeremiah and Zedekiah can be read.

For other examples of parallelism in Jeremiah, see Kenneth T. : Alec R. Allenson, 1970), 29-30, on chs. 27-29. 6. While this structure generally follows the division of each episode into two scenes (see below), it is to be noted that the first and tenth scenes each represent three lines in the structure (A, B, C, A', B', C') and that the eighth and ninth scenes only receive one line. Observations on formal patterning do not lead easily to pronouncements about meaning; further, there have been so many studies of chiastic structures that it has been said that any decent literary critic could fake a chiasm.

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