After the Chaos Ends: Jeremiah 33:14-16

By Amy EricksonJeremiah’s promise of a future restoration for Israel and Judah centers on the image of a righteous branch. This image, while somewhat strange to our culture, carries along with it a rich and varied tradition, deeply rooted in the world and literature of the Old Testament. The tree of life in the Garden of Eden links trees with ideas of abundance, fertility, and renewal.The Old Testament also uses arboreal imagery to talk about leaders, especially kings. In the famous p … [Read more...]

Jeremiah 31:31-34: The Oracle of Newness

By Walter BrueggemannLike other prophets before him, Jeremiah has spent ample shrill time and energy on the claim that Israel has systematically and long-term violated the covenant agreement of Mt. Sinai. They have violated the Ten Commandments of Sinai by economic policies that abused the poor, by foreign policy that depended on arms, by theological practice that offended God, and by illusions of privilege before God. Such violation brings with it, so say these poets, severe sanctions, … [Read more...]