The biblical term “prophet” refers to one who speaks for another. The term is used for Aaron who spoke for Moses (Exod. 7:1-2). Most frequently it is used in the Bible for those who speak for God. The prophets in ancient Israel interpreted and expounded God’s instruction, what is called the Mosaic Law. They also predicted God’s judgment on those who broke their covenant agreement with God and proclaimed God’s blessings on those who were faithful to the covenant obligations.
The structure of the book of Jeremiah has been a conundrum for scholars through the centuries. In his commentary J. A. Thomson wrote, “When we come to inquire whether any principles of arrangement can be observed in the book of Jeremiah, we have to admit that any consistent principles escape us” (J. A. Thompson, Jeremiah,…Continue reading The Structure of the Book of Jeremiah