Sunday, October 23, 2011

Book of Jeremiah 34-36

Jeremiah 34-36

Second verse same as the first.  More repetition on Judah falling to Babylon.

My question is, how often is Jeremiah coming up with these predications?

I did like the drama in the last half of chapter 36.  Lesson;  You don't burn a man's leaves and get away with it.

3 comments:

  1. Jer 35 - The Rechabites don't want to become slovenly drunks, so the big guy shuns them forever. This is a little unexpected, wouldn't you say?

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  2. I think you misread, he rewards them by saying there will always be Rechabites who follow the big guy. Jehonadab son of Rekab (or Rechab) shows up in 2 Kings 10 as well as being described as forefather here (Jehonadab son of Rekab). However, Jewish Midrash describes the Rechabites as being descended from Moses father-in-law and therefore not in the 12 tribes proper but converts.

    The general feeling is that Jeremiah is speaking over the course of many years as the rulers of Judah are divided between siding with Egypt or with Babylon. In chapter 32 he is speaking "in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah". In chapter 34 he is speaking to Zedekiah, in chapter 35 to Jehoiakim son of Josiah, and in chapter 36 "in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah". Note the chapters aren't in chronological order; Jehoiakim was king before Zedekiah.

    Death of Jehoiakim, first fall of Jerusalem to Babylon, and installation of Zedekiah as king was in 597BCE. Second fall of Jerusalem to Babylon was about 10 years later 586/587 BCE. Jehoiakim and Zedekiah were half-brothers and children of Josiah who was killed by the Egyptian ruler, Necho, in about 609BCE (Necho a very short time later put Jehoiakim on the throne). Jehoiakim was followed by his son, Jeconiah, but that lasted only a few months until Jerusalem fell, he was removed to Babylon and replaced by Zedekiah.

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