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After the InvasionA Reading of Jeremiah 40-44$
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Keith Bodner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743002.001.0001

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A Gathering Storm

A Gathering Storm

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(p.31) 2 A Gathering Storm
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After the Invasion
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Keith Bodner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743002.003.0003

Chapter 2 focuses on Jer 40:7–16, a section of text that has two distinct parts. The first part narrates the experiences of the community that remains in Judah; with Gedaliah as governor over the land the poorest citizens are given the fields by Nebuzaradan. Various Judeans scattered by the invasion also join with Gedaliah, and included among those who arrive in Mizpah are Johanan and Ishmael. This beleaguered group gathers a crop of summer fruits and wine, implying there is every chance for success under this new arrangement. But in the second part, Jer 40:13–16, the peaceful beginnings of life after the invasion are compromised when Johanan brings Gedaliah a rumor: Ishmael, sponsored by Baalis king of the Ammonites, plans to assassinate Gedaliah. Both Johanan’s accusation and his offer to assassinate Ishmael are rejected, but the sense of peace is shattered, not helped by Jeremiah the prophet’s absence.

Keywords:   Johanan, Baalis, Ammonites, harvest of summer fruits, Gedaliah, Ishmael, Judah, Nebuzaradan, Mizpah

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