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After the Invasion: A Reading of Jeremiah 40-44
Bodner, Keith

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 pp. viii + 179. £50.00


Description: In the wake of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the displacement of exile, there is a unique story that is told about the remnant left behind after the invasion. The narrative of Jeremiah 40ó44 unfolds the challenges and crises of this community who remain in Judah as they negotiate their survival following the catastrophe of Jerusalem's fall. After the Invasion shares the often overlooked, but compelling story that emerges from the five later chapters of Jeremiah. Keith Bodner expertly reveals the assortment of personalities, geographic locations, shifts in point of view, temporal compression, and layers of irony. Primary focused on the narrative design of this text, Professor Bodner proves that these chapters form a creative and sophisticated narrative that make a rich, though perhaps underestimated, contribution to the book of Jeremiah as a whole.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, Theological Approaches

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Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
Published 12/22/2016
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Keith Bodner, After the Invasion: A Reading of Jeremiah 40-44, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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