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Publication Date: 18 Jun 2015
Series: For Everyone Series: Old Testament
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Author: John Goldingay
ISBN-13: 9780281061389, 9780281067879

Jeremiah for Everyone

By John Goldingay
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Summary
Situated in the years leading up to the overthrow of Judah by the Babylonians, Jeremiah’s prophesies are set against a tense atmosphere of threat and invasion. Strongly warning of God’s judgment and the nation’s imminent catastrophe, Jeremiah lost credibility amongst his contemporaries as the years progressed, but the length of his book and the duration of his ministry establishes him as a major figure in the Old Testament. The fulfilment of his prophecies in later events of the Bible reassert the truth of his words and his speeches and prayers depict a God whose anger is a passionate response to the depths of love he feels for his people.

Using personal anecdote, a witty and lively style, and drawing on his considerable theological knowledge, John Goldingay takes us deep into the unfolding story of the Old Testament.
About the Author
John Goldingay is the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology at the Fuller Theological Seminary in the USA. His published titles include Old Testament Theology (three volumes) and commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. As well as being a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, he serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.
Press Reviews

Goldingay’s magnum opus is nearly complete with the publication of Jeremiah for Everyone, while Lamentations and Ezekiel for Everyone will be available in April 2016, followed by Daniel and the Twelve for Everyone in June 2016.

Goldingay offers an introduction which sets the Book of Jeremiah in its Old Testament context at the time of the Babylonian Exile (587 BC). Jeremiah’s ministry lasted over 40 years. His warnings fell on deaf ears as the disaster was so long coming that Jeremiah lost credibility as a prophet. The Book of Jeremiah contains many stories from the life of the prophet and the kings of that time, along with a record of his prophecies, prayers, sermons and laments. Chapters 1-25 are mostly prophecies, chapters 26-45 are narratives, and chapters 46-51 contain prophecies about the surrounding nations. Chapter 52 is a resume of the story, repeating 2 Kings 25.

As in each of these volumes, Goldingay gives his own translation followed by a contemporary story then a comment on the text. Passages are elucidated by Goldingay’s thorough knowledge of the text and historical settings. A glossary at the back covers terms such as Assyrians, Ephraimites, Persians, Torah, remnant, Second Temple, exile, Zion.

Jeremiah’s 52 chapters are presented in 58 portions, which could be read daily over a two month period or spread out over a year. This volume is a very accessible introduction to this complex but compelling prophet.

- Jill Firth

Thought-provoking and edifying points.

- Churchman Journal’s Spring 2017

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