There are two principal witnesses to the text of the book of Jeremiah, the Hebrew (Masoretic) and Greek (Septuagint) versions. The NRSV is a translation of the Hebrew version. The unit will first examine a selection of what are regarded as key texts in the book; namely the call narrative in ch. 1; the temple sermons in chs. 7 and 26; the “confessions of Jeremiah,” the “book of consolation” in chs. 30–31 (32–33), the accounts of the fall of Jerusalem in chs. 37–39, and Jeremiah’s forcible exile in Egypt in chs. 40–44. The unit will then explore how these and other “parts” of the book contribute to its overall structure and meaning. The unit will also consider some key themes in the book; namely true and false prophecy, the relationship between prophetic word and sign, and the dual role of the prophet as God’s messenger to the people and intercessor for the people.

Unit Code: BA3310C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the geo-political, religious and ideological context of Jeremiah’s prophecy,


Clearly state the key themes of the preaching of Jeremiah as presented in the book;


Show evidence of the integration of advanced skills in the interpretation of texts;


Exhibit skilled use of secondary literature and other scholarly research on the Book of Jeremiah;


Show evidence of the capacity to reflect theologically on the Book of Jeremiah in relation to other prophetic literature in the Old Testament.

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C, and two Biblical Studies units at second level


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and class discussion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000-word exegesis

0 30.0

3,000-word essay

0 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-12 11:12:59 +1100