Jeremiah dictates a scroll of prophecies to his amanuensis, the scribe Baruch son of Neriah. King Jehoiakim has the scroll burnt section by section as it is read to him. Jeremiah dictates his prophecies to Baruch a second time, with additional material.
Jeremiah's prophecies against Babylonia in chapters 50 and 51--part of his oracles against the nations--are integral to his prophetic message. What do these prophecies teach us about Jeremiah and about prophecy in Israel in general?
In Chapter 25 of Jeremiah, the prophet asserts that subjugation to Babylon will last for 70 years. In this class, we will look closely at the significance of the "70 years" in the book as a whole, in the contemporary context of the Ancient Near East, in Tanach, and for us.
After prophesying at "the Topheth" in the Valley of Hinnom, Jeremiah is imprisoned. He reacts to his imprisonment with a prophecy and a lament. He is beset both by man and God. The passage ends with a song of praise and thanksgiving.
Among the themes in this passage: the prophet's opposition to child sacrifice.