In the wake of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the displacement of exile, there is a unique story that is told about the remnant left behind after the invasion. The narrative of Jeremiah 40-44 unfolds the challenges and crises of this community who remain in Judah as they negotiate their survival following the catastrophe of Jerusalem's fall.
After the Invasion shares the often overlooked, but compelling story that emerges from the five later chapters of Jeremiah. Keith Bodner expertly reveals the assortment of personalities, geographic locations, shifts in point of view, temporal compression, and layers of irony. Primary focused on the narrative design of this text, Professor Bodner proves that these chapters form a creative and sophisticated narrative that make a rich, though perhaps underestimated, contribution to the
book of Jeremiah as a whole.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 366 g
Dimensions: 222 x 155 x 17 mm
Let's be perfectly honest: most readers run out of steam before ever reaching chapters 40-44 of Jeremiah. Others brush aside these chapters due to their violent character. Undaunted, Keith Bodner's After the Invasion: A Reading of Jeremiah 40-44 represents a bold and engaging close reading of this oft-neglected text. Bodner's deeply moving statement bristles with historical insight, theological sensitivity, and literary acuity. After the Invasion will no doubt
stimulate new interests and fresh directions in biblical scholarship. * Louis Stulman, Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, University of Findlay, Ohio *
Keith Bodner takes an often ignored text in Jeremiah and reveals it as a fascinating narrative, full of theological meaning as that is uncovered by his detailed and illuminating narrative criticism. Not the least of the interpretive contributions is the authors exploration of the many resonances between these chapters and other texts and other stories, thus uncovering a rich resource for understanding not only Jeremiah but many other biblical texts. * Patrick D. Miller, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary *
This book is a good addition to studies in Jeremiah * Gary Hall, Evangelical Theological Society *