Description: Scholars typically view Jeremiah 26-45 as a collection of episodes constructed during the Babylonian exile that attempts to prove the authenticity of Jeremiah's prophetic status. But Jeremiah's prophetic legitimacy was already widely accepted during the period of the Babylonian exile. These chapters serve a different purpose, namely, to provide a response by the Deuteronomistic scribes to the rise of the Ezekiel tradition and the Zadokite priesthood that threatened their influence among the exilic population.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature
Review by Wilhelm J. Wessels
Citation: Wilhelm J. Wessels, review of Mark Leuchter, The Polemics of Exile in Jeremiah 26-45, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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