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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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Requiem for the Departed

Requiem for the Departed

(p.127) 7 Requiem for the Departed
After the Invasion

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 analyzes the speeches and responses of Jer 44:1–30. Time has passed between Jeremiah’s dramatic sign in Tahpanhes and the long address at the beginning of chapter 44. In the first speech, Jeremiah reflects on the past, present, and future of the community in Egypt and relates their experience(s) with the destruction of Jerusalem. Remarkably, the community defends the Queen of Heaven, an obscure goddess first mentioned in Jeremiah’s temple sermon in chapter 7. The last word in Jeremiah’s concluding address is directed toward Pharaoh Hophra: is this the king of Egypt in Jer 37:5, the episode of Zedekiah’s disastrous efforts to shake off the Babylonian yoke? Egypt is often pictured in spatial terms, but mention of Hophra brings a personal element into the frame, inviting comparison between the coming destruction of this Egyptian king and the fate of those seeking security within his territory.

Keywords:   Pharaoh Hophra, Jeremiah’s temple sermon, Queen of Heaven, Egypt, Jeremiah, destruction of Jerusalem

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