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From Praise To ‘Curse’: The Tension Between Lament And Praise In Jer 20:7–18

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This chapter focuses on Jeremiah 20:7-18. This passage is significant because of its affinity with the individual lament psalms. This chapter aims to strengthen the author?s thesis on the ?uncertainty of a hearing? by showing that such a feature occurs in Jeremiah as well - a book whose indebtedness to the lament psalms is widely acknowledged. It then demonstrates how the form-critical understanding of the lament psalms has led towards a failure to understand and appreciate Jer 20:7?18. The chapter shows how a view which considers the dynamic movements of lament and praise in the lament psalms can help us understand the movement from praise to lament in Jeremiah 20. It looks into possible ways of how Jer 20:7?18 can contribute towards our understanding of the psalms which contain a movement from praise to lament.

Keywords: ?uncertainty of a hearing?; Jeremiah 20:7-18; lament psalms; praise



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