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Reading Jeremiah: A Literary and Theological Commentary
Carvalho, Corrine

Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2016 pp. ix + 170. $32.00

Series Information
Reading the Old Testament

Description: In this new volume from the Reading the Old Testament commentary series, biblical scholar Corrine Carvalho explores the book of Jeremiah—where books are burned in the palace and the temple is a jail. Reflecting the ways that communal tragedy permeates communal identity, the book of Jeremiah as literary text embodies the confusion, disorientation, and search for meaning that all such tragedy elicits. Just as the fall of Jerusalem fractured the Judean community and undercut every foundation on which it built its identity, so too the book itself (or more properly, the scroll) jumbles images, genres, and perspectives. Carvalho’s study of the book of Jeremiah engages the text as a collection of literature. To be sure, some of this literature has roots in oral performance, but it comes down to us as a written text. It is a complex collection, however, with little inherent cohesion. In fact, it has been preserved in two different arrangements, one found in the Hebrew version and the other in the Greek. Both versions presume that the audience hears this material against a particular historical backdrop. This book fleshes out Jeremiah’s historical horizon, but it does so in order to clarify the literature rather than as an end in itself.

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

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Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
Published 10/26/2017
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Corrine Carvalho, Reading Jeremiah: A Literary and Theological Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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