Viviano, Pauline A.
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013 pp. 168. $14.95
New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 14
Description: Jeremiah announces the unleashing of the wrath of God in the final years of the kingdom of Judah. It is a message that is particularly painful to the prophet and he cries out to God against the message he must deliver, meriting for himself the title of "the reluctant prophet." The intensity and passion of Jeremiah is expressed in the harshness of his message, but also in his longing that the people remember the devotion of their youth and return in faithful love to God. The unrelenting doom that occupies much of the book of Jeremiah is offset by God's refusal to totally abandon the people of Judah. This refusal to let go of the people is given its greatest expression in a New Covenant which lays the foundation for humanity's enduring relationship with God.
The book of Baruch presents several ways for the people of Israel to deal with the destruction of their country and exile from their land. They must acknowledge their sinfulness, repent, and seek deliverance (1:1-3:8). They must recognize the importance of wisdom and that wisdom is accessible to them in obedience to the law which God has given them (3:9-4:4). Grief over their loss must include a longing for restoration and salvation (4:5-5:9) and under no circumstances must they return to the worship of other gods (6:1-71).
In Jeremiah, Baruch, Pauline A. Viviano insightfully explores and explains these two challenging and important books of Scripture.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Baruch, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches
Review by Matthias Henze
Citation: Matthias Henze, review of Pauline A. Viviano, Jeremiah, Baruch, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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