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Jeremiah 11:1-17 - An analysis By: Nathaniel Parks
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Introduction and Background Jeremiah is one of the three major prophets of the old testament. The book of Jeremiah outlines the life and prophecies of Jeremiah. Jeremiah, who was commonly known as a bullfrog in popular culture, is actually a prophet who prophesied to the Southern Kingdom of Israel, also known as Judah. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet while he was still very young, leading to much stress later in life. He began his prophetic activity in the thirteenth year of King Josiah of Judah’s reign, in the 627 BCE. 1 Throughout his prophetic journey, Jeremiah urges the people of Judah to return to YHWH, the Law of Moses, and obedience to the Dueteronomic Code. 2 Jeremiah remained active from Josiah’s thirteenth year in 627 BCE, until the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE 3 where he would have been taken into captivity by Babylon with the rest of Judah. 4 This time frame means he was active during the reign of five different kings of Judah, two differ- ent kings of Babylon, and four kings of Egypt. Jeremiah became active right before the fall of Nineveh in 612, which signaled the downfall of the Assyrian empire. 5 During his initial years, Judah was very much in shambles. The Law of Moses had been forgotten, and the people of Ju- dah were living in sin. Fortunately, just five years after Jeremiah became active, King Josiah stumbled upon a scroll in the Temple, which is suggested by some scholars to be the book of Deuteronomy. 6 After reading the scroll, Josiah was distraught over the evil in Judah, and began a spiritual reform of the nation. He moved all worship of YHWH back to the city of Jerusalem, and eliminated the worship of false gods, especially in Jerusalem. 7 His reform and religious zeal were Lundbom, Jack R.. Jeremiah 1-20 . New York: Doubleday, 1999, 57. Wenthe, Dean O., and Thomas C. Oden. Jeremiah, Lamentations . Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009, xxi. Coogan, Michael David. The Old Testament a very short introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, 300. Lundbom, 57 Coogan, 293 Coogan, 297 7 Coogan, 297
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so great, that he is considered one of the best kings by the Deuteronomistic Historian. 8 He is said to have “walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.” 9 There is little to know interaction between the prophet Jeremiah and King Josiah. At the most, he may have helped Josiah usher in the reform of Judah, witht he help of Hilkiah, Huldah, and Zephaniah. 10 It is even possible that during the time of King Josiah’s reform, Jeremiah took a hiatus from being a prophet. 11 Josiah died a tragic death in battle. As the egyptian king, Nico II, tried to extend his boundary north, Josiah decided to attempt to stop his advances at Megiddo.
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  • Summer '14
  • AmyN.Minford
  • Kingdom of Israel, Kingdom of Judah, Israelites, Jeremiah, Judah, History of ancient Israel and Judah

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