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Bibil Identifier bibil:204251
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jeremiah 1.4-10
Title (English, ) ‘Lost and Found’ in Translation and a New Interpretation
Author Roshwalb, Esther H.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 351-376 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Jeremiah 1.4-10 presents the first encounter between God and Jeremiah, an encounter which results in Jeremiah’s commission to be a prophet of God. The text is characterized by two literary devices: (1) the use of stereotypical expressions, which have led exegetes to treat vv. 4-10 as ‘the call proper’ of Jeremiah’s commission, and (2) the presence of two guiding themes—namely, verbal skill and physical strength. These themes highlight Jeremiah’s qualifications as God’s prophet, compel the reader to heed the text’s content, and prepare him/her for the next two dialogues, which this article claims constitute Jeremiah’s true call to the prophetic mission. The aims of this article are: to present detailed philological and thematic analysis of vv. 4-10; to evaluate the contributions of multiple translations to our understanding of the text and to offer a new translation; and to show that this text does not fulfill the requirements of ‘a call proper’ to Jeremiah. These insights dispel any remaining confusion about the meaning of Jeremiah’s call proper.
DOI 10.1177/0309089209346356
Pericopes Jeremiah 1,4-1,10
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