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Before the BibleThe Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in early Judaism$
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Judith H. Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190212216.001.0001

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Confessing in Exile

Confessing in Exile

The Reception and Composition of Jeremiah in (Daniel) and Baruch

(p.53) Chapter 2 Confessing in Exile
Before the Bible

Judith H. Newman

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 contrasts the role of the confessional prayers in Daniel 9 and Baruch 1:15–3:8 in relation to the Jeremiah tradition and textual production. Daniel receives revelatory visions in response to his prayer, but the confession plays no role in ending the exile. The narrative line of Baruch makes him the “first” to institutionalize confession as a practice, five years into the exile. The chapter argues that the ongoing practice of confession and the integration of scripturalized confessions in evolving textual traditions were decisive factors in how the text of what might be called “Jeremiah-Baruch” claimed authority for itself as scripture.

Keywords:   Daniel, Baruch, Jeremiah, confessional prayer, ritualization of text, prophecy

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