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5 – 6PM  Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hebrew Bible Lecture

The Yale Divinity School and the Program in Judaic Studies present
Jeremiah as YHWH’s Stronghold (Jer 1:18): The Relationship between Jeremiah and Jerusalem in Jeremiah 1-25

a presentation by

Prof. Dr. Christl M. Maier
Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

Jeremiah has to proclaim that Jerusalem’s end draws near and that the city will be raided by a foreign nation. Yet, in the “call narrative” of the book, YHWH announces that he will transform the prophet into “a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land” (1:18). In Jer 15:20-21 Jeremiah is again likened to a bronze wall against his enemies. Some of these architectural motifs have been identified as phrases denoting a deity or the Pharaoh in Egyptian texts of the New Kingdom and the Late Period (S. Herrmann; M. Görg). Yet, these studies did not analyze the intertextual relations of Jer 1:17-19 within the book of Jeremiah. Therefore, this paper will explore the meaning and function of the metaphor “Jeremiah is a city or wall” within its current literary context and especially with regard to the personified city of Jerusalem as portrayed in Jeremiah 1-25. Methodologically, the paper employs insights from spatial theory and ideology criticism. The paper’s literary analysis aims at explaining why and how the prophet ends up as a substitute for YHWH’s favorite city.

Christl M. Maier has been Professor of Old Testament at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany since 2007. From 2003-2006 she taught at YDS at the rank of associate professor.

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