The Prophetic Book of Jeremiah

Prophets were known by several terms–both Greek and Hebrew: The Greek term that our English term comes from is prophetes meaning one who proclaims and interprets divine revelation and is descriptive of one who speaks forth God’s word. The Hebrew terms used for a prophet is primarily navi which is probably descriptive of  “one called” to speak for God or one who “brings” the word of God to the people. This course is a critical study of the prophetic book of Jeremiah, who was called to speak for God in and around Jerusalem before the city fell in 587 BC. Through a close reading of the text and historical background students will develop skills for reading the prophetic books; study how biblical scholarship has impacted our understanding; learn how Jeremiah in particular was perceived by his contemporaries and grapple with the issues he addressed.

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Rabbinic
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Elective
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