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Jeremiah often thought of as a gloomy prophet was called by Yahweh to be his messenger for the people Many people of Jeremiahs time called themselves prophets often speaking form their own hearts and not of Yahwehs but Jeremiah is noted amongst a few as a true prophet The first chapter of the book of Jeremiah looks at his context and historical background and his commission from Yahweh For him it was signs that Yahweh placed in his everyday life that led Jeremiah to become a prophet The first twenty-five chapters of Jeremiah are known as the poetic oracles with the text being broken down also into different literary sources Such literary sources can also be seen in chapter 1 The book of Jeremiah that we have today is a greatly edited piece There were two editions found at Qumran the Greek Septuagint LXX and the Hebrew Masoretic text MT The LXX is considerably shorter than the MT with some less 2700 words or so It is the MT that is usually used in exegesis for this reason although it must be noted that there are also additions in the LXX omitted from the MT It is important though that we are aware of the editorial process that has taken place vv 1-3 Introduction and setting The book opens with a reference to the period of Jeremiahs time and his background Jeremiahs father was a priest Hilkiah who is an unknown character aside from in Jeremiah although Hilkiah was the name of the priest who found The Book of Law though it is unlikely this was the same man Anathoth is not exactly the place where Jeremiah lived but the area or within view of it The town today bears a derivation of its name but the site has moved slightly In the days of King Josiahin the thirteenth year Josiah reigned from 640-609BCE meaning that Jeremiahs ministry began c627
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