Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth

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Liturgical Press, 2007 - 124 стор.
What does it mean to be deeply in love with God and, at the same time, with a person, a group, or a nation that is at odds with God? Such is the dilemma of the prophet Jeremiah, and it is an experience not unfamiliar to many in our own day. The lesson of Jeremiah?s story is that, no matter how unfaithful humans may be, God remains always faithful, always ready to forgive and to right the wrongs humans have wrought. Using the tools of rhetorical and narrative criticism, Carol Dempsey develops the character ?Jeremiah? as a literary figure, a messenger not only to his own people but to all readers of his book. In keeping with the purposes of the Interfaces series, she helps us sharpen our critical skills by examining the text?s presentation of a biblical character not in isolation but interacting, interfacing, with others in his milieu and, implicitly, in ours. Jeremiah is both prophet and poet, as Dempsey shows. She examines the prophet as both gifted and burdened by his mission and the word given to him, a word personal to himself and repugnant to his audience. Ultimately, it is Jeremiah?s relationship with God, in its depth and its tension, that shapes his character?and that of his audience as well. In the end, Jeremiah?s struggles move him from pathos to trust, from imprisonment to freedom, from desperation to conviction, leaving him and his readers with a sense of wonder at the mystery of God.? . . . brings Jeremiah to life as a literary character who was not only a passionate prophet but also a skilled and poetic preacher.? Old Testament Abstracts?Dempsey has offered a wonderful glimpse into one of the most passionate characters in the Hebrew Bible. . . . I recommend Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth as a foray into the captivating figure of the biblical prophet, interfacing with God and people, holding onto faithfulness in the midst of a very trying time.? Review of Biblical Literature?Carol Dempsey not only provides an accurate description of the creative rhetoric and imaginative narrative found in Jeremiah, but also brings Jeremiah alive for contemporary audiences. For her Jeremiah is no dusty museum piece, but rather a book witnessing to a prophet whose voice still speaks today.? Mark J. BodaProfessor of Old Testament McMaster Divinity College Professor of Theology McMaster University?As a guide into the complex and beautiful book of Jeremiah, Dempsey is deft and sure, never pedantic. She invites readers to develop the literary skills necessary to reach the depth dimension of this incomparable poetry. At the same time, she consistently points to the boundless mystery of the prophet?s life with God, and she does so in ways that illumine our own.? Ellen F. Davis Professor of Bible and Practical Theology Duke Divinity School?This is a truly captivating entr‚e into Jeremiah?s stirring prophetic poems and the depths of his profound prophetic story. The central interface of Jeremiah?s book, Carol Dempsey shows, is none other than the passionate interconnection of Jeremiah and God, God?s self. It is a nexus replete with tremendous pain, pathos, and struggle, but one also mixed with moments of joy and glimmers of hope. As Dempsey explores this interface, she boldly directs our gaze straight into the heart of the prophet?s God as well.Because Jeremiah is a skilled orator, adept at rhetorical artistry, Dempsey wisely chooses the rhetorical criticism and narrative criticism as her interpretive tools. These methods really illuminate the beauty and message of Jeremiah?s book, exposing Jeremiah?s pathos as he simultaneously bears both God?s pain and his people?s pain at the awful circumstances that engulf them. Dempsey?s treatment leaves one convicted that both Jeremiah the character and Jeremiah the book are deep waters indeed, waters well worth plumbing for their many pricey pearls.? Dr. Stephen L. Cook The Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature Virginia Theological Seminary

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CHAPTER
28
CHAPTER THREE
38
In Conversation with God
54
CHAPTER FIVE
62
CHAPTER
76
CHAPTER SEVEN
87
Epilogue
109
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Carol J. Dempsey, OP is professor of biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, with special expertise in Old Testament and prophets. She holds a PhD in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America, and has authored several books including Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth (Liturgical Press, 2007) and Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict.

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