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The Book of Jeremiah: Realisation of threats of the Torah – and also of promises?

Georg Fischer SJ
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 40, No 1 | a1989 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v40i1.1989 | © 2019 Georg Fischer SJ | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2019 | Published: 12 December 2019

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Georg Fischer SJ, Theological Faculty, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Austria


The relationship between the Torah and the Prophets has been a matter of dispute. This article discusses the links of the Book of Jeremiah especially with the warnings in Leviticus 26 and the curses in Deuteronomy 28, but then goes on to show that it also picks up promises from the Torah and thus indicates a way to salvation. In doing so, it comes close to the Book of Isaiah. The intertextual comparison between these two prophetic books reveals that the entire Book of Isaiah may be the source for similar announcements in the Book of Jeremiah, yet also for taking a more nuanced stance.

Intra-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The literary relationship between the Torah and Prophets as well as between the Books of Isaiah and Jeremiah is seen anew from an Old Testament perspective with its dogmatic implication for a portrayal of God.


Relationship Torah – Jeremiah; Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28; Fulfilment of Torah Promises; Relationship Book of Isaiah – Book of Jeremiah


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