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Delimitation Of Units In The Book Of Jeremiah

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Interest in delimiting units within the biblical text began in earnest during the last century with James Muilenburg, whose 1968 Presidential Address to the Society of Biblical Literature, 'Form Criticism and Beyond', argued for supplementing form criticism with a rhetorical criticism that would, among other things, better identify both macro- and micro-units of biblical speech and composition. The author early work followed Muilenburg and others in applying rhetorical criticism to the delimitation of units in the book of Jeremiah. This chapter presents seven selected texts of Jeremiah poetry (2:5-9, 33-37; 5:1-9; 8:18-21; 8:22-9:1 [Eng. 9:2]; 20:7-13, 14-18), showing in each case how the author have delimited macro- and micro-units. After these, the chapter also presents two selected texts of Jeremiah prose, both containing oracle clusters (7:1-15; 31:23-40), and shows how the author have gone about delimiting the units they contain.

Keywords: Biblical literature; James Muilenburg; Jeremiah; rhetorical criticism



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