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Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth
Dempsey, Carol

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2007 pp. xxxii + 124. $15.95

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Edited by Barbara Green

Description: 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. 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.

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

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Review by Mitchel Modine
Published 8/18/2007
Citation: Mitchel Modine, review of Carol Dempsey, Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2007).

Review by Carolyn J. Sharp
Published 4/5/2008
Citation: Carolyn J. Sharp, review of Carol Dempsey, Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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