the Study of the Prophet Jeremiah

by Frank Jones


The beginning study of the prophet Jeremiah has consumed my mind the past several weeks. I arrived here by several means but the more recent has been my study of Paul's epistles to the Corinthians. In that New Testament book, Paul quotes Jeremiah as the major theological point that is undergirding his correction and exhortation of the Corinthian church. Presently, I am preaching through 2 Corinthians in our morning services.

The immensity of material that is necessary in order to gain the historical context is a little overwhelming. Old Testament commentaries are scare (in comparison to New Testament commentary works). However, the major factor that makes this cumbersome is the amount of material in the Old Testament scriptures given to the downfall of Judah and Jerusalem.

To give some indication of this, if we start from  the reign of Josiah until the end of Zedekiah (Jeremiah's prophetic years), the exegete is looking at the history of five Kings of Judah and six Prophets. The Judean Kings are Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. These Kings cover the years from 639 to 586. Then you have the prophetic settings. The prophets that preached to Judah during this time period are Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Daniel, and Ezekiel. Each have their own themes and timeframes. There are prophets that are teaching in the midst of the collapse, such as Jeremiah. Ezekiel and Daniel are teaching and preaching from the perspective of the exile. Then, we see in the book of Jeremiah that it is not compiled in chronological order. Most commentators agree that the book is difficult to outline.

After several weeks, an outline is emerging. Hopefully the focus will become clearer. If anyone has any recommendation to good commentaries and works that they can recommend, please leave them in the comment section. Or perhaps, you have done some work that I could benefit thereupon. Well, back into the well of His glory, for Jesus is the Jehovah of Israel.