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'I know of no better introduction to the book of Jeremiah than this work of a master expositor. … Buy and read!' Theology Reviews

'… a gem and a must for anyone interested in Jeremian studies.' Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

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The study focuses on the theology of the Book of Jeremiah. Theology revolves around themes familiar from Israel's covenantal faith. The God attested in the Book of Jeremiah invites its readers into and through any dislocations to new futures that combine divine agency and human inventiveness rooted in faithfulness.

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Theological shaping of Jeremiah 20 Jan. 2009
By Robert Spender - Published on
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I really enjoyed Brueggemann's book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants an overview of Jeremiah and a snapshot of how recent scholarship has shifted in viewing this book.

While shaped, Dhum's three literary sources (voices) are still accepted. For Brueggemann three traditions ("rootage") are most significant, the covenant at Sinai (Sinai pericope), Hosea (the Northern emphasis), and Deuteronomy (the later shaping of all). These are referenced through out this book.

Recent overemphasis on prophetic literature and its late scribal development often creates a bit of despair when approaching Jeremiah. Bruggemann, unlike a number of current scholars, holds to a real Jeremiah but admits that very little can be known about him leaving a subjective guess through filtered readings of the book.

The work is concise but comprehensive in its discussion of Jeremiah's message. There is greater emphasis on tensions about how God is viewed than Israel's (Jeremiah's) understanding of the nature and person of God. In this Brueggeman tends to follow his own emphasis on the tension between continuity and discontinuity. Evident also is the author's emphasis upon verbs, especially the six infinitives of 1:10.

Brueggemann struggles to fully explain how opposing ideas and concepts survived later redactional work and community (re)composition. Areas like the royal perspective or Jeremiah's position as a trader in view of the preserved view of him as a great prophet of God are examples of such difficulties.

The work is helpful in that is combines essential points of many of the author's earlier writings. Discussion about the centrality of Jeremiah for the whole Bible and a section on Jeremiah and the New Testament are found toward the end. With Brueggeman's extensive work on Jeremiah I would recommend this book to any student of Jeremiah.
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A must have for anyone studying the scriptures 30 May 2013
By MO - Published on
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I am very pleased with this Book of Jeremiah. Brueggemann has done an outstanding job, bringing Jeremiah's thoughts, actions and his philosophy to life, without commentaries. It is fascinating to hear in written words what these scholars have discerned from Jeremiah's life and works. I intend to collect the forthcoming volumes of 8 more books. if you are a student of theology or an ardent reader of the scriptures, you may want to begin collecting the volumes. The Book Seller was prompt and credible. I would use them over and over. The book was in excellent condition...MO
Jeremiah is both historically important and relevant today 15 Jan. 2015
By Roanld Tenney - Published on
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Old Testament Theology – the Theology of the Book of Jeremiah by Walter Bruggemann

I was interested in a accessible commentary on the Book of Jeremiah for a non-scholarly readership. Julie Faith Parker recommended this book to me. I have enjoyed reading and studying Jeremiah with the able assistance of Walter Brueggemann, a preeminent Old Testament Scholar.
The majority of the book is (as the title implies) a study of the theology of Jeremiah. In my faith tradition, far more interest is shown in the writings and prophecies of Isaiah. But Jeremiah has a profound impact both in his time and after. There are numerous references to him in the New Testament as well. Jeremiah is placed squarely in the middle of the Deuteronomistic history. As such, he reveres the righteous king, Josiah and decries all of his successors. Due to disobedience, Israel, specifically Judah, will suffer punishment by destruction of the temple and exile into Babylon. Jeremiah sees Nebuchadnezzar as God’s agent in this Diaspora. As such, he challenges the prophets who claim that the presence of the Temple in their midst will afford protection because God’s house will not be destroyed. But over and again, Jeremiah explores the depths of destruction, movement into the abyss and then recreation, restoration and redemption.
Brueggemann also notes the influence of the Prophet Hosea. Hosea is described as the most imaginative prophet, reconceptualizing the Sinai covenant as a marriage covenant. Rather than God being bound to Israel through a series of stipulations and blessings and cursing, God is seen as a loving husband that is longing for the love and companionship of his chronically unfaithful wife. God’s motive is love and longing. Many traces of this relationship appear in the writings of Jeremiah as well.
The most often quoted and most referenced part of Jeremiah in the LDS and other Christian churches is chapter 31. In this chapter the author of Hebrews. Brueggemann states (referring to chapter 8 of Hebrews):
But it is verse 13 that is important because of its use of the term “obsolete”. This usage shows how in the letter to the Hebrews the old claim of the Old Testament is characteristically overcome by its New Testament counterpart. Thus “old covenant – new covenant” is read here in a supersessionist way, so that the text of the Old Testament is used against the Old Testament itself.
I just read what I have written above. I think I am trying to sound more educated than I really am. Suffice it to say that I loved reading and pondering the messages contained in the second of the great prophets. I was especially touched by Brueggemann’s final chapter. In this chapter, Jeremiah is used as an interpretive text for everything from the destructive events of “9/11” to a deep personal crisis. Jeremiah provides a model for any person or people that have been transported deep in to the “abyss” and then eventually been restored out. Like the Book of Job, Jeremiah lives in a world where the simple belief of God’s protective hand seems to become God’s destructive fist. How does one maintain faith in such a crisis. The writings of Jeremiah provide many answers.
A helpful overview 19 May 2013
By Roland Ludlam - Published on
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This theological treatment offers a great overview of the Book of Jeremiah, helpful discussion of how the book came together, connections with other parts of the Hebrew Bible, and a glimpse into some of the deepest theological issues that any biblical author ever addresses.
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