Exegesis of the Prophet Jeremiah
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Module 4 Assignment Details;
Exegete The Profit Jeremiah in an essay of 1,250 words in which you do the following: 1) Establish the historical context of the text, and describe the extent to which Jeremiahs prophecy is oriented toward events contemporary with the historical context. 2) Determine and describe the poetic devices of the text.
3) Establish whether the prophecy is conditional or unconditional. 4) Explain how the selection of prophetic text relates to the terms of the Covenant.
Exegesis of the Prophet Jeremiah
Historical Context and the Extent to which the Prophecy is Oriented As realtors will say, the key to success is location, location, location. The same applies in hermeneutics. However, when talking about texts and not real estate, the proper phrase is context, context, context. The location of the text, historically, canonically, and culturally, determines how to interpret a text. This is being reiterated because nowhere in biblical literature is context more important than in the prophetic literature. Despite the span of time that the biblical prophets cover collectively, the active role of the prophets can be appropriately described in clusters. These clusters revolve around two things: political instability and covenant defection. The first cluster involves Moses and Aaron and the beginning of Israel as a nation proper. The second cluster involves most of the so-called nonwriting prophets, Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha. However, these first two are pale in comparison to the final two clusters of prophets, numerically speaking. The first centers on the religious and political crisis of the Assyrian conflict of the 8th century B.C. The second centers on the Babylonian religious and political crisis of the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. In order to properly interpret the prophetic voice for today, it is imperative the reader grasps the original historical and cultural role of the prophets. While the personality and background of these prophets can be diverse, to say the least, they are united in their service to YHWH through these three roles: God's messengers (2 Kings 17:13), God's lawyers (Micah 6:1-2), and the people's mediator (1 Samuel 12:21-23).
The rulers of Jerusalem would not hear anything else but imprisoned Jeremiah. But at the same time this was Jeremiah advisor for him was to be the last king of Israel, King Zedekiah. Zedekiah would not listen to the advice of Jeremiah to surrender to the Babylonian army and he tried to escape. Thus, the city was captured and burned the temple. Zedekiah was captured. The upper class in Jerusalem was forcibly moved to Babylon, while the poor were allowed to remain in the country. This was the beginning of exile or the Babylonian captivity (Joubert, 2012). It lasted about. 60 years. In Ezra and Nehemiah book you can read about how the people returned from exile in Babylon. But Jeremiah was speaking not only of God's punishment. He spoke of a new covenant that God would stop his people. This covenant he would write into their hearts ( Jer. 31.31 to 34 ). God would be the people God and they would be His people. God would not forgive men their sins, and no longer remember it. This is very similar to what is said in the New Testament. It is also quite obvious that we can understand what is happening to Jesus, his life, death and resurrection from the dead in fulfillment of the words of Jeremiah. Like most other prophets of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah is not just happy to be a prophet. He complained several times in the book of Jeremiah over his fate and that everyone was against him (McConville, 1991). These complaints, as one finds in Jer 18.18 to 23 or 20.7 to 18 , has been called the "jeremiad." It is a term that was used frequently in the distant past. Jeremiah began to receive the...
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