n HTS : Theological Studies - A structural-historical investigation of in Jeremiah 6 : 1-8

Volume 58, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



The text internal features of Jeremiah 6 : 1-8 are examined, focussing on the demarcation of the pericope, text critical matters and the structural characteristics of the text. A three part division of the pericope is proposed, namely verses 1-3, 4-5 and 6-8. A "Steigerung" between the different parts of the text is detected : in verses 1-3 the people are warned by the prophet to flee from Jerusalem, then in verses 4-5 the shouts of the enemy forces can be heared and finally in verses 6-8 there is a word of warning from Yahweh Himself. Text external features are also investigated. The Gattung can be indentified as an announcement of judgment presented as a warning. Reference is made to two of the well known salvation traditions in Israel : the tradition of the conquest of the land and the Zion tradition.

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