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Jeremiah 32: A Future And Its History—Actualisation In Writing And Reading

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The complexity of biblical texts, both in their composition and in the process of their transmission, is a well known challenge for biblical scholarship. This chapter uses the text of Jeremiah 32 to explain why we think that textual complexity is not something to avoid, but something to exploit in our thinking about the position of the bible between various generations and various cultures. It presents a number of textual features of Jeremiah 32 as a case study of the principle of a continuous addressing of old and new readers, representing a process of actualisation that is observable from the text data itself and which may stimulate us to find our own place among the generations of readers. The chapter concludes by making three remarks, about complexity, history and theology.

Keywords: actualisation; biblical scholarship; Jeremiah 32; new readers



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