In the study of the book of Jeremiah, the so-called confessions of the prophet have attracted a lot of attention and have been given a central role in the understanding of the prophet's message and significance. The attempt to clarify their central role has been plagued by two connected tasks or problems: the problem of explaining their relationship to the Psalms and at the same time, properly discerning their relationship to the prophetic mission.
A. R. Pete Diamond, Assistant Professor Santa Barbara City College, is the author of numerous contributions to the field including, “Interlocutions: The Poetics of Voice in the Figuration of YHWH and his Oracular Agent, Jeremiah,” in Interpretation 62/1 (2008). A.R. Pete Diamond is Adult Education Coordinator, All Saints Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, California.