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Jeremiah 33:15-16 as a reinterpretation of Jeremiah 23:5-6

W. J. Wessels
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 1 | a2374 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i1.2374 | © 1991 W. J. Wessels | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 09 January 1991

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W. J. Wessels, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

There are striking similarities between Jeremiah 23:5-6 and Jeremiah 33:15-16. A comparison, however, also shows interesting differences and 33:14-26, furthermore is lacking in the Septuagint tradition. Jeremiah 33:15-16 seems to be a reinterpretation of 23:5-6. This is done by generalising the content, widening the perspective and shifting the emphasis, for instance, from the king to the city, and adding a legitimate heir of David and a legitimate priest. As fa r as social context is concerned, Jeremiah 33:15-16 should perhaps be linked to the conflict between the disen franchised Levites and the Zadokites who displaced them. The reinterpretation process is an attempt both to explain the non-fulfilment of 23:5-6 and to resolve the dissonance it creates.

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