Mark Roncace demonstrates that the story of Jeremiah and Zedekiah is not the typical good prophet/bad king story found in much of prophetic literature and the Deuteronomic History. He provides an intertextual reading of the passages which connect Jeremiah to other figures in the Old Testament. The text features the dynamic interaction between the prophet Jeremiah and King Zedekiah in the context of events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem.
While there have been many literary studies of Biblical texts, there has been little work on the narratives in the book of Jeremiah. Roncace’s book begins to uncover the richness of the prophetic narratives in Jeremiah and focuses on issues of characterization and point of view as well as the text’s connections with other passages in the book of Jeremiah and those beyond it.
Mark Roncace is Assistant Professor of Religion at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina, USA. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, and is the co-editor of Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction.