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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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Absconding to Egypt

Absconding to Egypt

(p.108) (p.109) 6 Absconding to Egypt
After the Invasion

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 focuses on Jer 43:1–13, a section of text with two parts: the rejection of Jeremiah’s counsel and departure for the Egyptian city of Tahpanhes in vv. 1–7, followed by Jeremiah’s prophetic sign-act and oracle in vv. 8–13 that forecast the arrival of Nebuchadrezzar into Egypt itself. Having rejected Jeremiah’s counsel against fleeing to Egypt, the community accuses the prophet and his accomplice Baruch of falsehood. This chapter analyzes Baruch’s role and why he might be mentioned here. It discusses the irony of Jeremiah’s descent into Egypt: he spends his career persuading the community of Judah to trust in the God who brought them out of Egypt, but now he is taken there as a virtual captive. Yet the prophet’s energy has not abated, and an assessment is made of his energetic sign for the community and the attendant oracle anticipating that Nebuchadrezzar will follow.

Keywords:   Tahpanhes, Egypt, Baruch, prophetic sign-acts, metaphors, Jeremiah, Nebuchadrezzar, Judah

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