This book on Jeremiah seeks to place before a broad audience of students and lay readers one of the truly great Hebrew prophets and extraordinary individuals of the ancient world. It lifts up major themes preserved in the book bearing Jeremiah's name, one of the most prominent being Jeremiah's understanding of himself as ""the prophet like Moses."" Jeremiah remained faithful to his calling during the final days of Israelite nationhood, when the remnant of a once great nation fell to Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians in 586 BC. He suffered along with everyone else, but was nevertheless numbered among the survivors. From his confinement in the court of the guard he gave a dispirited remnant, many of whom would subsequently make the long journey into faraway exile, unambiguous hope for the future, announcing just before the nation's fall a new covenant that God would make with his people in future days. ""Only an experienced specialist like Jack Lundbom can present the difficult book of Jeremiah in such a succinct and engaging manner, outlining the trajectory from God's promise and his powerful Word to the international orientation and lasting hope therein, and all set against the background of Israelite history and the biblical traditions. The book is well presented to engage today's readers, with references to relevant political and historical situations, reflections, questions, and connections with the New Testament."" --Georg Fischer, SJ, University of Innsbruck, Austria ""Jack Lundbom has contributed again on Jeremiah, this time aiming at the general reader. He wisely chose twelve scriptural sayings relating to the prophet, and expounded the themes therein. Reading this book, people can attend a holographic understanding of the prophet and his book. It serves as a springboard to theologies in the Old Testament. The reflection at the end of each chapter also extends the message to the contemporary. An excellent work "" --Jonathan Tsoi, Associate Professor (OT), Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong Jack R. Lundbom is a member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and most recently has been Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He has written the three-volume Jeremiah for the Anchor Bible commentary series (1999; 2004), a commentary on Deuteronomy (2013), and most recently for Cascade Books, Theology in Language, Rhetoric, and Beyond (2014).
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