Jeremiah is the longest book in the Bible, and it is certainly one of the most complex. The book’s timetable jumps around (think Memento, only without a clear structure). Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau, an Israeli community leader, educator, and social activist, has undertaken a study of Jeremiah, “disassembled… and reconstructed it according to the chronology of Jeremiah’s life and the development of his prophecy” (xxii). 

Lau divides Jeremiah into three main units.

  1. The Reign of Josiah (640-609 BCE)
  2. The Reign of Jehoiakim (609-598 BCE)
  3. The Reign of Zedekiah (597-586 BCE)

He includes two indexes at the end of his book;

  1. The Chapters of Jeremiah — Original Order
  2. The Chapters of Jeremiah — Chronological Order

Lau claims not to have “inserted any ideas not found in the text” (xxii). Yet, I beg to differ, even if he didn’t insert his own ideas on purpose. Lau takes Huldah’s…

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