This unit will commence with an overview of the book of Jeremiah and then focus on a selection of what are regarded as key passages. It will examine the various hypotheses about the relationship between the historical Jeremiah and the book that bears his name, as well as the differences between the Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT) and the Greek Septuagint (LXX). It will also reflect on themes in the book such as true and false prophecy, the relationship between prophetic word and sign, and the dual role of the prophet as God’s messenger to the people and intercessor for the people.

Unit code: BA2019Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of the central debates about the relationship between the historical Jeremiah and the book that bears his name


Identify and discuss key themes within the book of Jeremiah


Show evidence of the integration of key skills in the interpretation of biblical texts


Demonstrate the use of secondary literature, electronic databases and other scholarly literature in academic research


Relate the theology of the book of Jeremiah to other prophetic literature in the Old Testament

Unit sequence

Pre-requisite: BA 1000Y and BN1000Y, or equivalent.


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Indicative Bibliography

  • Allen, Leslie C. Jeremiah: A Commentary. OTL; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2008.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah. Old Testament Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Carroll, Robert P. Jeremiah: A Commentary. London: SCM Press, 1986.
  • Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1 and Jeremiah 2. Edited by Paul D. Hanson. 2 vols. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1986, 1989.
  • Lundbom, Jack. Jeremiah 1–20; Jeremiah 21–36; Jeremiah 37–52. Anchor Bible 21–21B. New York: Doubleday, 1998–2004.
  • McKane, William. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Jeremiah. 2 vols. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1986–1996.
  • O’Brien, Mark. Discerning the Dynamics of Jeremiah 1–25 (MT). Adelaide: ATF Press, 2017.
  • O’Connor, Kathleen M. Jeremiah: Pain and Promise. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Shead, Andrew G. A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Nottingham: Apollos, 2012.
  • The Book of Jeremiah. Composition, Reception, Interpretation*. Edited by Jack R. Lundbom, Craig A. Evans, and Bradford A. Anderson. VTSup 178. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegesis 1500 35.0
Essay 3500 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 11 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000