The thesis of Jeremiah Chapter 2 contains five chapters,
which attempts to develop .R.Driver's suggestion (concerning the
literary links between Dt.32, Hos.2, Ps.106 and Jeremiah Ch.2) in
t e light of recent form-critical study.
Textual Study and Translation of Jer.Ch.2.
In the D£S (fragments of Jeremiah), there are at least two
different traditions of the text of Jeremiah: one is the Massoretic
and the other is the eptuagintal type. A comparative study of MT
and LXX is made using BH 3rd. edition and Ziegler's edition of the
Literary Characteristics of Jeremiah ch.2.
An examination is made of the structure of prophetic poetry:
| 1. R.Lowth's theory of the Parallelismus Membrorum;
| 2. Repetition;
| 3. The I-and-you style, which is a feature of the prophetic
Jeremiah ch.2 consists of positive and negative structures and
terminologies: positive in reciting the mighty acts of Y I, and
negative in presenting the apostasy and sin of Israel.
form analysis of Jeremiah ch.2.
Tee prophetic messenger speech form and in particular, the
covenant-Tib form which is the central theme of Jeremiah ch.2, is
examined. The special characteristics of the covenant Rib form in
Jeremiah ch.2 are dealt with.
An examination of the tradition upon which
Jeremiah Ch.2 stands. Jeremiah ch. 2 is rooted in a stream of tradition which has at its centre the covenant Rib pattern, a tradition
flowing ttirough Dt.32, Rosea, the Asaph—Jsalms, and Jeremiah ch. 2.
The covenant-Rib form originated and was formulated in
prophetic and levitical circles in North Israel during pei'iods of
religious crisis in the history of Israel, for use in the penitent¬
ial service, and as an expression of the repentance of rebellious
This covenant Rib tradition was preserved and handed down by
the people of the Asaph-Psalms who constitute prophetic and
levitical circles through the centuries.
Theological study of Jeremiah ch.2.
The relation between the tradition and Jeremiah's personal
characteristics are examined. :nhe message of Jeremiah has two foci:
one is within the tradition of YH H and the other is within his own
personal experience and thought.
Jeremiah stands on the covenant Rib tradition, but he applies
it to the contemporary situation of rebellious Israel.