Volume 41, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268
  • oa De functie van Jeremia 50 en 51 binnen het boek Jeremia

    *Over het onderwerp van dit artikel heb ik in het seizoen 1985/6 een werkcollege gegeven aan een groep Utrechtse studenten; voor hun bijdragen ben ik erkentelijk. In het bijzonder noem ik Jils G. Amesz, die zich diepgaand met Jeremia 50 cn 51 heeft beziggehouden en wiens steun bij het schrijven van dit artikel ik op hoge prijs heb gesteld.

  • By K.A.D. Smelik1
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    Affiliations: 1 Amsterdam
  • Source: NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, Volume 41, Issue 4, Oct 1987, p. 265 - 278
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/NTT1987.4.001.SMEL
  • Language: Dutch
    • Published online: 01 Oct 1987



Studies on Jer. 50/1 are dominated by the search for a Jeremianic core. The results of these inquiries are, however, disappointing. Instead of making a new attempt the author of this article tries to introduce another point of investigation: for what reason decided the writers of the book of Jeremiah to compose and include the chapters 50 and 51 into their work? By studying the structure of the prophecy and the links with Jer. 25 and 27-29 it became apparent that Jr. 50/1 are not a later addition. On the contrary, this prophecy against Babylon has been included by the writers in order to compensate for the pro-Babylonian attitude attributed to Jeremiah in the chapters 27-29, 39-40. The writers wanted to counteract the impression that Jeremiah was a friend of Babylonia and, consequently, a traitor.


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