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JST 536 - Tragedy and Hope in the Book of Jeremiah

His name is synonymous with foreboding prophecy, and his words haunt us when we read them in the synagogue during the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av. Jeremiah cuts a sad, lonely and misunderstood figure as he confronts the king and the people of Judah during their struggle for survival against the forces of the Babylonian Empire. Yet he never lost faith and hope that his people could experience renewal.  We will be guided by many modern Jewish interpreters and prophetic voices, including Abraham Joshua Heschel, as we study the most realistic of all the books of the Bible.

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