How do we think about the theology of the book of Jeremiah? Do we consider themes section by section, or do we step back and look at the whole? John Goldingay says “both.”
In The Theology of Jeremiah, Goldingay considers the prophet Jeremiah himself, his individual circumstances and those of Judah, and his message. Though Jeremiah’s message varies throughout the book, we gain insights into Jeremiah’s theology by viewing the book in its entirety. In doing so, we learn about God, Israel as the people of God, the nature of wrongdoing and prophecy, and what we know about the future.
Dr. Goldingay has produced another interesting and thought-provoking book that helps us get to the heart of the meaning of the book of Jeremiah. While you may not agree with his understanding of how the book of Jeremiah came about, there are plenty of other good thoughts in the book to make it extremely valuable. One of the most helpful discussions is on Jeremiah as a prophet; his description of Jeremiah being vulnerable but protected has some very good insights. He also highlights that there is hope in the book of Jeremiah after the catastrophe is over—a very useful perspective when we are going through trials.
—Paul D. Wegner, distinguished professor of Old Testament, Gateway Seminary
John Goldingay is a once-in-a-generation scholar who writes with relevance, power, conviction, and clarity. The Theology of Jeremiah is a gift to all who wish to ponder what Jeremiah—a scroll forged in the furnace of suffering—has to say about the God who uproots and plants.
—Andrew T. Abernethy, associate professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College
In a day when Old Testament books like Jeremiah are often merely mined for proof texts, or worse, completely ignored, Dr. Goldingay reminds us of the timeless theological message of the book of Jeremiah. Facilitated by years of Old Testament scholarship and study, Goldingay illuminates the historical setting of the prophet, wrestles with the literary complexity of the book, and savors its theological message. While readers may not agree with all his proposals, Goldingay succeeds in warmly and accessibly inviting Christians to reflect on the theological truths found in this important prophetic book.
—William R. Osborne, associate professor of biblical and theological studies at College of the Ozarks in Missouri, author of Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God
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