THE JEREMIANIC CONNECTION: CHRONICLES AND THE RECEPTION OF LAMENTATIONS AS TWO MODES OF INTERACTING WITH THE JEREMIANIC TRADITION?

Louis Jonker

Abstract


A connection is often made between Lamentations and Chronicles in terms of the
ancient Rabbinic tradition of Jeremianic authorship of Lamentations. Second
Chronicles 35:25 is normally quoted as the instigation of this tradition, since this
verse at the end of the Chronicler’s Josiah account connects Jeremiah to the singing
of laments (qînôt). Recent scholarship does not attempt to settle the authorship issue
in Lamentations, but rather shows how the later reception of Lamentations engages
the Jeremianic theology in order to explain some difficult passages in this book. My
contribution will be a comparative study in which the different modes of interacting
with the Jeremianic tradition by Chronicles and the Lamentations reception will be
investigated. The presence of Jeremiah as the most prominent of the classical
prophets in Chronicles (in 2 Chronicles 35 and 36) will be studied in comparison
with the more recent theories on the engagement of Jeremianic theology in the
reception of Lamentations in Persian and later periods.

Keywords


Lamentations; Jeremiah; Chronicles; Authorship; Reception History

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/110-0-109

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