n Journal for Semitics - True and false prophets : who is to decide? A perspective from Jeremiah 23:9-40

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


This article is interested in the question: Who were the people who decided that Jeremiah was the true prophet and the prophets opposing him were false? The point of departure is that no texts are "innocent" and that all people who involve themselves with the interpretation of texts are biased. It is further believed that a group of prophets is judged to be false by the Jeremiah tradition according to a set of ideas (ideologies) regarded as essential. Following an ideological-critical approach, three aspects in the cycle are investigated, namely a lifestyle in violation of the Covenant, an erroneous theology, and a disputed mode of revelation. All three aspects get in the way of the true words of YHWH to be proclaimed.

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