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The Assassination Of Gedaliah ( Jer. 40:7–41:18)

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This chapter starts with a passage, which describes the largely prosaic Jeremiah 3745. Within the context of these chapters, the account of the assassination of Gedaliah is somewhat unique and remarkable. The chapter sets out to elucidate the place and meaning of this pericope in the prophecies of Jeremiah and proposes a textual division and narrative structure. It examines the most important questions that arise from the text, focusing first on the characters and then on the issues of time and place. This will be followed by a reflection on the nature and function of the passage within the context of Jeremiah, so as to finish with a tentative observation concerning its authorship.

Keywords: assassination of Gedaliah; Jeremiah 40:7-41:18



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