Jeremiah - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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The Book of Jeremiah and the Biography of Jeremiah

Most of our knowledge about Jeremiah's life comes from the biblical Book of Jeremiah. The book is not arranged chronologically, with the result that contemporary scholarly reconstructions of the prophet's life are highly subjective. Important background information is found in the Hebrew scriptures, in 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Obadiah. Other important sources are the Hebrew letters from Lachish, primary documents from Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the histories of Herodotos and Josephus Flavius. However, 2 Kings, which describes in great detail events contemporary with Jeremiah, does not mention him.

Later generations regarded Jeremiah very highly. According to the Chronicler, the prophet was the author of a lament over Josiah, king of Judah (2 Chr. 35:25). His prophecies about the duration of the exile were cited in 2 Chronicles 36:15–21 and by the author of the ninth chapter of Daniel. Later writers composed...

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