The article examines the relationship between God, prophet and the people in the Book of Jeremiah. The analysis shows a close connection, almost an identification, between the divine word (and consequently God himself) and the prophet, so that the prophet becomes a metaphor for God. This is done through exegetical studies of the call narrative (Jer 1), the Temple Sermon (Jer 7) and narratives about the prophet's seclusion from the people (e.g. Jer 16). In addition there is an analysis of Jer 36, the chapter telling about the writing down of the Book of Jeremiah. The main message of this chapter is that the prophetic book is ratified by God himself in the same way as the Tablet of the Mosaic Law i Ex 32; 34. With the acknowledgement of the authority of the biblical book from an exegetical point of view a theoological question is raised if and how, if at all, the same authority is valid in a modern context.
Uprooting and Planting: Essays on Jeremiah for Leslie Allen, 2007, p. 172-189
Jeremias; profetisme; Jeremias' kaldelse; Tempeltalen; Bibelens autoritet; metafor; Jeremiah; Prophecy; Call of Jeremiah; Temple Sermon; Authority of the Bible; metaphor