To engage the Book of Jeremiah in its full prophetic power, as well as encounter the person/persona of Jeremiah himself. This course will offer an opportunity to struggle with and draw inspiration from this paradigmatic Hebrew prophet, whose compelling words and biography are presented in the book that bears his name.
To practice responsible exegesis together, out of our diversity, and to make connections between Jeremiah's world and our own. Students will have the chance to use their interpretive skills in order to exegete key passages and discover points of contact between the biblical text and current contexts.
To relate the Book of Jeremiah to a broader biblical panorama. We will consider the place of the Book of Jeremiah in Christian and Jewish scriptures, the book's relationship to Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, as well as the ways in which Jeremiah is both typical of and distinctive from other Old Testament prophets and their books.
Instructor: Elizabeth Hopp-Peters