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After the Invasion: A Reading of Jeremiah 40-44

Keith Bodner


The last act of Jeremiah’s eventful career takes place in the wake of Babylonian destruction, as he is part of a contingent left behind in the land of Judah after the invasion. Jer 40–44 is not among the most popular sections of the Hebrew Bible, but a remarkable story is contained in these chapters. Despite the trauma of Jerusalem’s collapse, the community who remain have every reason for cautious optimism about their future: they are provided with reasonable leadership, the Babylonians seem unexpectedly benevolent, and the prophet Jeremiah resides in their midst. But any sanguinity disintegr ... More

Keywords: Jeremiah, prophet, destruction of Jerusalem, Babylonian exile, Gedaliah, Jeremiah 40–44, factionalism, murder, hostage crisis, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Bodner, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University, New Brunswick