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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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The Prophet’s Reactivation

The Prophet’s Reactivation

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(p.89) 5 The Prophet’s Reactivation
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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/9780198743002.003.0006

Chapter 5 analyzes Jer 41:16–42:22 with a decision looming over the community, who have paused at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem: will they remain in the land of Judah and submit to Babylonian authority, or depart for Egypt? Johanan rescues the captives and emerges as leader now that Gedaliah lies slain and Ishmael has fled. The community pauses and unexpectedly asks Jeremiah for his counsel: should they stay or go? On the one hand, they fear the punitive measures the Babylonians may take because of Gedaliah’s murder. On the other, Egypt has been advocated as a safe haven. This chapter questions their sincerity: when they ask for the prophetic word from Jeremiah, is their request an honest one? Why is there a ten-day delay in 42:7, and does it generate suspense in the story? Jeremiah, silent since his arrival in Mizpah, speaks at length in chapter 42.

Keywords:   King Zedekiah of Judah, Geruth Chimham, Babylon, reprisals, journey, Egypt, Judean remnant

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