Description: The prophet Jeremiah is among the most complex and intriguing characters in the Bible. This study of the prophet focuses on the major biographical episodes in the prophet's book and their interpretation. An overview of prophecy and the prophets of the Hebrew Bible sets the backdrop for this fascinating character. Setting the historical background of the prophet, Avioz then explores Jeremiah's prophetic call. The temple sermon is then parsed to provide insight into how it fits the outlook of the prophet. The resultant trial is considered along with an exploration of the aim of the narrative. Jeremiah's famous complaints receive individual attention. Those with whom Jeremiah interacts, the kings of Judah and the false prophets, are assessed in contrast with the prophet. The fall of the kingdom of Judah and the tragic Gedaliah episode round out the historical material. Avioz concludes his study with a consideration of Jeremiah's legacy down to the present day.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature
Review by Jerry Hwang
Citation: Jerry Hwang, review of Michael Avioz, “I Sat Alone”: Jeremiah among the Prophets, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
Review by Wilhelm Wessels
Citation: Wilhelm Wessels, review of Michael Avioz, “I Sat Alone”: Jeremiah among the Prophets, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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