• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Knowledge and Understanding of the Confessions of Jeremiah

Extracts from this document...


Outline your knowledge and understanding of the Confessions of Jeremiah Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah, and a member of a priestly family. He was a native of Judah and came from Anathoth, a small village in the north east of Jerusalem. His prophetic ministry lasted from approximately 626 to 580BC, and is one of the longest of all the writing prophets. The prophet Jeremiah began his long prophetic career in 626BC; "in the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign" He was still a very young man at this time. The narrative of his call is in a dialogue between Jeremiah and Yahweh. From this we can see straight away that Jeremiah had a very intimate relationship with God from the outset. Unlike other prophets, Jeremiah seems to have been chosen to be a prophet before he was even born. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I consecrated you, I appointed you a prophet to the nations." It seemed it was the destiny of Jeremiah to be a prophet. According to Kidner, Jeremiah was "handmade for the task." Similarly to Moses and Amos, at first Jeremiah was reluctant to consent to his mission, saying "Ah Lord God behold I do not know how to speak for I am only a youth", but his faith in Yahweh gave him faith in himself, and he accepted the role God asked of him. ...read more.


Yahweh said to Jeremiah "You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons and daughters in this place." This was due to the impending crisis. In the ancient near east, sterility was considered to be a terrible curse, so we know from this that Jeremiahs celibacy would not have been down to personal choice. This shows how Jeremiah endured personal suffering, as a result of the nation's wickedness. The first two passages in Jeremiahs confessions reveal a plot against his life, instigated by immediate family and acquaintances. The people saw Jeremiah, son of a priest, as a traitor. He reacted fiercely to this plot, and asked for the death of these men. The incident caused Jeremiah to reflect on his mission, and on the very meaning of human existence. As Jeremiah asked for no more than justice, God upheld his fierce reaction saying "I am going to punish them...For I will bring disaster upon the people of Anathoth." This punishment however is not for vengeance, it is for reform. It is here that Jeremiah shows us a different side of him. He exaggerates the gloom, and welcomes the thought of retribution. Yahweh tells him that he has to keep his faith and courage during his sufferings, because they are little compared to what is to come. God knows only too well the pain of ingratitude; desertion from a spouse; defiance of a son, a daughter. ...read more.


Jeremiah speaks of his struggle saying "If I saw I will not mention him, or speak anymore in his name, the n within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones. I am weary with holding it in and I cannot." When Jeremiah says "But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble", he seems to have come to realise that within him there was the potential to move forwards and cope with what he thought was impossible. He finally realised that he was not alone, and that God would always be with him. Although Jeremiah at times curses the day he was born, the one thing that lifted him out of his depression was the deep conviction that Yahweh would always be there for him. Kidner says on Jeremiah "He goes on to his worst ordeals with never a hesitation or a word of doubt." In conclusions, the outpourings from Jeremiahs heart that we witness in his confessions could be said to reveal imperfections about his human character, such as vindictiveness towards his fellow men and irrelevance towards God. However as Jeremiah was aware of his own perfections, by repenting Yahweh would help him overcome all of his human imperfections. If only the Jews had have realised the need to repent, then Yahweh could have help them overcome their imperfections through prayer and dialogue. Charlotte McCaffrey U6 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Judaism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Judaism essays

  1. Describe in detail the way in which a fully observant Orthodox Jewish family would ...

    With the end of Shabbat, the 'first day' of creation begins. The family have used all five senses of smell, sight, taste, hearing and touch throughout this ceremony and this heightens the spirituality of the festival. The mother or father will end the ceremony by putting out the candle with

  2. Explain how Mark shows the difference in attitude between Jesus and the Pharisees over ...

    Gaelic is a traditional Sunday sport) are enjoyable and help make Sunday a day to look forward to: in fact many working people rely on Sunday to do their weekly shopping. Sunday is also one of the few days in which people can get together to enjoy or play sport because of other commitments such as work and school.

  1. To what extent does archaeology inform us about our understanding of the Old Testament?

    One of the main reasons scholars look for archaeological evidence is due to an issue that causes the most controversy- "whether the events described really happened". For many people who are strong believers this is not an issue for them as the Bible, which is the Word of God is

  2. What Are the Causes and Effects of a Religion Splitting Into Divisions or Sects?

    After this advance, different communities began to change certain practises both in and outside the synagogue. The German language was frequently used in prayers, organs commonly accompanied the singing, circumcision was abolished and some Jews even moved the Shabbat to Sunday.

  1. What are the causes and effects of a religion splitting up into divisions or ...

    The freedom from restrictions and regulations (emancipation) took place during the 18th. The Jewish enlightenment began with a man named Moses Mendelsohn. He translated the bible into different languages and tried to encourage the children to have secular educations. His followers tried to implement this to the world.

  2. How Purim Began

    Haman was a superstitious man so he drew lots to decide the day that he would put his plan into action. (This is where the festival of Purim gets its name because Purim means lots). However there were two people Haman forgot about, while conspiring in his plan.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work