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THE BOOK OF

JEREMIAH

 

Overview:

Arguably the most elegant and beautifully composed prophetic writings of the entire Bible, this book's name is derived from its primary author and prophet whose materials are recorded in it. Many see this book as naturally divided into two sections. The longer section (chapters 1-39) may be studied in six parts:

(1) God's Complaint against His People (1:1-31),
(2) a Rebuke for Trusting in Human Resources apart from God (2:1-12:6),
(3) God's Sovereignty over the Nations (13:1-23:18),
(4) Exhortations to Trust God's Rule (24:1-27:13), and
(5) The Certain Defeat of the Enemies of God's People (28:1-35:10), and
(6) a record of certain events in the life of Hezekiah (36:1-39).

The book's shorter section (chapters 40-66) may be studied in three parts:

(1) God's Dealings with Cyrus (40:1-48:22),
(2) The Suffering Servant (49:1-57:21), and
(3) Prophecies of Future Glory (58:1-66:24).

Authorship:

Rabbinic and early church tradition assign authorship to the prophet Isaiah. The distinct differences in literary style between these two major sections described above, coupled with Isaiah's supernatural prediction (made ca. 710 BC) about King Cyrus of Persia (cf. 44:28-45:6), whom the prophet identified by name about 150 years before he was born, has led some modern critics to suggest that chapters 40-66 of the book were composed (or, at the very least, edited) by a different individual who lived at a later time. However, conservative scholars suggest that the stylistic variances are explained by differences in purpose and target audience and that Isaiah's forecast about of the coming of Cyrus was a genuine, supernatural prediction. The Gospel of Matthew attributes its citations from the two allegedly different sections Isaiah 9:1-2 (cf. Matt 4:16) and Isaiah 40:3 (cf. Matt 3:3) as having been written by Isaiah himself without attributing the quotations to different authors, as does the Gospel of John's citations from Isaiah 6:9-10 (cf. John 12:40) and Isaiah 53:1 (cf. John 12:38).

Composition Date:

Isaiah's prophecies touch upon the administrations of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah over a period of about 60 years, during the ascendency of the Assyrian empire and predicting both its demise and also the rise of the Chaldeans and Persians as successors. He also served as a historiographer of King Uzziah “from first to last” (2 Chron 26:22), though Isaiah 6:1 records that his prophetic ministry began the same year in which Uzziah died (i.e., ca. 739 BC). He appears to have been martyred early in the reign of the wicked King Manasseh. Some see an allusion to Isaiah's martyrdom in Heb. 11:37. The last dated event in the book of Isaiah was the fourteenth year of Hezekiah (ca. 701 BC). The Assyrian King Esarhaddon (ca. 681–669 BC) is mentioned in Isaiah 37:38. The ISV's translation of this book was undertaken primarily from the Dead Sea Scroll's famous Qumran Cave One Great Isaiah Scroll, dated ca. 200-140 BC and contains footnotes indicating differences between 1QIsa and the Masoretic Text, the earliest manuscript copy of which dates to about 950 AD.

Messianic Hope:

The Messiah as the Wonderful Counselor

 

Introduction to the book of Jeremiah taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

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ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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