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The Life and Witness of Jeremiah


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Larry Helyer is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, and currently resides in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He is the author of Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period (2002), Revelation for Dummies (2008), The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John (2008), The Life and Witness of Peter (2012), and The Good News of Revelation (2014). He and his wife Joyce regularly host Bible Lands tours.


"Larry Helyer's accessible book accomplishes two important tasks. First he shows why Jeremiah, of all the biblical prophets, cannot be safely disregarded by those who want faith connected to lived reality in our society. Second, he provides an introduction to the rich resources of the book of Jeremiah and shows us in compelling ways how to engage Jeremiah and link his stunning words to our own societal crisis. Helyer takes up some of the most important themes and texts of Jeremiah and does so with an alert eye concerning connections to the ministry of Jesus." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary"The prophetic voice isn't supposed to be comfortable. In this imminent and clear analysis of the message of Jeremiah, Larry Helyer deftly walks the fine homiletical line between specific context and eternal truth. By doing so, he helps us see more clearly ways that we can engage the trends and tendencies of our world with the claims of the Word of God." --Paul H. Wright, President, Jerusalem University College"In a very readable book Helyer discusses Jeremiah the prophet by focusing on: 1) the profile of a prophet; 2) the celebrated 'temple oracles' of 609; 3) Jeremiah's symbolic actions; 4) Jeremiah and the false prophets; 5) Jeremiah's personal laments; and 6) Jeremiah's vision for the future. The prophet's hard message of judgment is laid out in all its complexities; nevertheless, a strong message of hope is discerned for the future, yet with the caution that Christians ought not 'get on the bandwagon to advocate for a third temple.' There is no temple or need for one in the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:22). Jeremiah's message finds numerous parallels in the New Testament, Church History, preaching of New England Puritanism, and other sources. Though a small book, this is one eminently worthy of critical reflection." --Jack R. Lundbom, author of Deuteronomy: Law and Covenant (Cascade, 2017)"Dr. Helyer presents Jeremiah as a book highly relevant and timely for the modern context. His approach, primarily topical, focuses on key themes of the book. His presentation is supported by solid biblical scholarship, well researched supplemental material, and coupled with a balanced presentation of supporting Old and New Testament texts. I especially appreciated the emphasis of Chapter Four, which deals with the tests used to determine true prophets from false ones." --Eugene Habecker, President Emeritus, Taylor University

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