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Between Fear and Freedom: Essays on the Interpretation of Jeremiah 30–31
Becking, Bob

Leiden: Brill, 2004 pp. x + 342. $131.00

Series Information
Oudtestamentische Studiën, 51



Description: Jeremiah's "Little Book of Consolation" is an intruiging text that provokes a series of interpretative difficulties. In this monograph Jer 30–31 is read applying a variety of methods. The text-critical chapter argues for the reinforcement of the editorial theory according to which MT and LXXJer are to be construed as two different versions. Much attention is paid to the delimitation criticism of these two chapters leading to the assumption that they are composed of ten subcantos. Five of these subcantos are interpreted taking into account Ancient Near Eastern textual material in order to understand the mental framework of the ancient reader. The final chapter pleads for the conceptual coherence of Jer 30–31 which is seen as based on the idea of divine changeability.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature


Review by Donald C. Raney II
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Published 3/31/2007
Citation: Donald C. Raney II, review of Bob Becking, Between Fear and Freedom: Essays on the Interpretation of Jeremiah 30–31, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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