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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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Conclusion to After the Invasion

Conclusion to After the Invasion

(p.149) Conclusion to After the Invasion
After the Invasion

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter reviews some of the salient literary features of the narrative (elements such as spatial and temporal settings, intertextuality, irony, and characterization), and provides several thoughts about areas of further research on this sector of the book of Jeremiah. It is argued that the methodological approach of narrative criticism is a helpful way to connect the reader with the world of the text and to appreciate the high degree of literary sophistication in Jer 40–44, a story of a group of people with a decimated homeland who are given an opportunity to remain in their land, yet in the end opt for a perilous journey to the land of Egypt, from which they never return. A similar kind of entrenched fanaticism that helped bring about their demise in the first place is strangely recycled in the story about Judah after the Babylonian invasion.

Keywords:   intertextuality, spatial setting, literature, characterization, irony, narrative criticism, the remnant of Judah, Babylonian invasion

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