Jeremiah: Were His Confessions His?

Ever since Gerhard von Rad described various passages in Jeremiah as ‘Confessions’ scholars have discussed and debated the idea.  Personally, I’ve never been persuaded that von Rad was wrong.  In fact, I continue to refer to those passages as Jeremiah’s confessions and unless someone can offer really persuasive argumentation to the contrary, I imagine I shall always.

Today Bible and Interpretation offers a new essay by Don Benjamin which asks whether the confessions are memoirs are laments.  See if he convinces you.  He didn’t persuade me.

4 thoughts on “Jeremiah: Were His Confessions His?

  1. Emerson Fast 6 Jul 2010 at 2:15 pm

    In the words of Karl Barth (while working his way through Von Harnacks History of Dogma): “This just cannot be true!”

    These words come to my mind as often as I sift alot of the silly writings of the higher critics.

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  2. […] (perhaps) as belonging to a person (Jeremiah the prophet), at least his title suggests this: “Jeremiah: Were His Confessions His?” Ever since Gerhard von Rad described various passages in Jeremiah as ‘Confessions’ […]

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  3. Tim Bulkeley 6 Jul 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Jim, Jim, you unregenerate maximalist you! Cf. my response.

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  4. Lament and complaint - Sansblogue 14 Dec 2010 at 11:34 pm

    […] Or: Laments, complaints & confessions which  responded to Jim West’s response “Jeremiah: Were His Confessions His?” to Don C. Benjamin “Jeremiah: Memoirs or Laments? (Jer 11:18-20; 12:1-6; 15:10-21, […]

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