The Prophecy of Jeremiah


Rev. Assoc. Prof. Mark O'Brien OP
Not offered in 2020

There are two principal witnesses to the text of the book of Jeremiah, the Hebrew (Masoretic) and Greek (Septuagint) versions. The NRSV is a translation of the Hebrew version. The unit will first examine a selection of what are regarded as key texts in the book; namely the call narrative in ch. 1; the temple sermons in chs. 7 and 26; the “confessions of Jeremiah,” the “book of consolation” in chs. 30–31 (32–33), the accounts of the fall of Jerusalem in chs. 37–39, and Jeremiah’s forcible exile in Egypt in chs. 40–44. The unit will then explore how these and other “parts” of the book contribute to its overall structure and meaning. The unit will also consider some key themes in the book; namely true and false prophecy, the relationship between prophetic word and sign, and the dual role of the prophet as God’s messenger to the people and intercessor for the people. 


BS8001C and BS8002C 


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


  • one 2,500-word exegesis 40%
  • one 4,500-word essay 60%


  • Brueggemann, Walter. The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah. Old Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Carroll, Robert P. Jeremiah: A Commentary. London: SCM, 1986.
  • Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1 and Jeremiah 2. Edited by Paul D. Hanson. Hermeneia. 2 vols. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1986, 1989.
  • Jones, Douglas R. Jeremiah: Based on the Revised Standard Version. New Century Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 1992.
  • Lundbom, Jack R. The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • ———. Jeremiah 1–20; Jeremiah 21–36; Jeremiah 37–52. Anchor Bible 21–21B. New York: Doubleday, 1998–2004.
  • McKane, William. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Jeremiah. 2 vols. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1986–96.
  • O’Brien, Mark A. Discerning the Dynamics of Jeremiah 1–25 (MT). Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2017.
  • O’Connor, Kathleen M. Jeremiah: Pain and Promise. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • Shead, Andrew G. A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah. New Studies in Biblical Theology 29. Nottingham: Apollos, 2012.