Study questions, maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study the Old Testament book of Jeremiah.
Bible Study: Questions Jeremiah Answered
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- In both national disaster and personal crisis, Jeremiah brings God’s word to his people.
- Jeremiah began his ministry around 627 BC as the political world was falling apart with the decline of Assyria. These were complicated political times. As the Assyrians start losing power, two major political powers (Egypt & Babylon) strive to occupy the power vacuum.
- Jeremiah was a priest from Anathoth, a few miles outside Jerusalem.
- Jeremiah is sometimes called the “weeping prophet”.
- The book of Jeremiah is about a prophet declaring disaster yet promising hope.
- Jeremiah’s ministry lasted over 40 years from the 13th year of King Josiah (626 BC) to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC.
For more detail, see: Chronology of Jeremiah
NOTE: One of the best summaries of the history of the time is the Introduction in Derek Kidner’s commentary on Jeremiah
- 640 Josiah becomes king of Judah – the last godly king.
- 628 Josiah began to purge Judah in his 12th year
- 627 Lord first spoke to Jeremiah in 13th year of Josiah. Jeremiah 1-6 under Josiah’s reign
- 622 In 18th year of Josiah Book of the Law found in House of God (2Ki 22:8)
- 612 Nineveh the capital of Assyria was sacked.
- 609 King Josiah killed at Megiddo by Necho of Egypt, who was fighting to bolster Assyria (2Ki 23:29-30).
- 609 Jehoahaz ruled Judah 3 months, deposed by Neco, taken to Egypt in chains (2Ki 23:32-33; cf Jer. 22:10).
- 609-598 Jehoiakim reigned over Judah as an Egyptian vassal (Jer 22:13-17).
- 605 Battle of Carchemish. Nebuchadnezzar defeated Egyptian forces (Jer 46:2). “Turning point in world history”
- 605 First deportation of Jews to Babylon – Daniel in this group (2Ki 24:1).
- 601 Jehoiakim sided with Egypt against Jeremiah’s warnings (Jer. 22:13-19).
- 597 2nd Babylonian invasion takes Jerusalem, deports Ezekiel & 10,000; Zedekiah replaces Jehoiachin (2Ki 24:17)
- 592 Ezekiel begins his prophetic ministry (some 35 years after Jeremiah had begun his)
- 586 Fall of Jerusalem (Jer 39:1-18). Gedaliah appointed governor of Judah (2Ki 25:22-26). Jeremiah taken to Egypt.
- 538 Babylon falls to the Medes and Persians
Genre: Understanding Prophecy
Background & Outlines
- Jeremiah NASB Study Text
- Jeremiah Chronology
- Introduction to the Prophets
- Introduction to the Exile and Return
- Jeremiah in the New Testament
- Chart: Bible History at a glance
- Blue Letter Bible: Old Testament Timeline
- Biblehub: Jeremiah Overview
- Biblehub: Jeremiah Chronology
- Biblehub: The Divided Kingdom
- Chart: Kings of Israel & Judah
- Bible Atlas: Assyria
- Bible Atlas: Babylon
- Bible Atlas: Jerusalem
- Ray C Stedman: Overview of the Book
- John MacArthur: Author, Date, Background
- NIV: Introduction to Jeremiah
- ESV: Introduction to Jeremiah
- ESV: The Global Message of Jeremiah
- James van Dine: Analysis of Jeremiah
- David Malick: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah
- David Malick: An Argument of the Book of Jeremiah
- JVernon McGee: Notes and Outlines – Jeremiah and Lamentations
- William Orr: Keys to Jeremiah
- Charles Swindoll: Jeremiah Book Chart
- Paul van Gorder: OT Reflections of Christ in Jeremiah
Maps from Bible-History.com
Maps from Holman Bible Atlas
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
- The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (1)
- The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (2)
- The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (3)
- The Campaign of Shishak
- Conflicts between Israel and Aram-Damascus
- The Omride Dynasty
- The Golden Ages of the 9th & 8th centuries BCE
- Phoenician Trade and Civilization
- Trade Routes throughout the Middle East
- Elijah and Elisha
- The Revolt of Jehu
- The Rise of Assyria
- Israel & Judah in the days of Jeroboam II and Uzziah
- The Assyrian Empire under Tiglath-Pileser III
- Fall of Samaria and Deportation of Israelites
- The Fall of the Kingdom of Israel
- Assyrian Districts after the Fall of Samaria
- Prophets of the 8th Century BCE
Judah Alone amid International Powers
- Hezekiah’s Preparation for Revolt
- Judah under King Hezekiah
- Hezekiah’s Jerusalem
- Sennacherib’s Campaign against Judah
- Assyria in the 7th century BCE
- The Rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
- The Reign of Josiah
- The Districts of Judah under King Josiah
- The Golden Age of King Josiah
- Nebuchadnezzar’s Campaigns against Judah
The Persian Period
Key Words in Jeremiah (NAS95)
Occurrences are based on New American Standard Text. “4x/3v” means the word appears 4 times in 3 verses. “3x” means the word appears 3 times in 3 verses.
- Word of the LORD (52x/51v)
- Heart/hearts (55x/48v)
- Faithless, faithlessness (8x/7v), Forsake (20x/18v), Forget (3x),
- Adultery, adulteries, adulterer (9x)
- Rebel, rebellious, rebellion (6x), Wicked, Wickedness (34x/30v) Evil/evils (53x/47v), Sin, sins, sinned (26x/25v), Iniquity, iniquities (24x/23v), Idol, images, gods, Baal (64x/56v)
- Woe (13x), Wrath (19x/18v)
- Famine (33x/30v), Calamity (27x), Destroy (56x/52v), Pluck (4x), Uproot (8x/6v)
- Babylon (169x in 149v), Nations (Gentiles) (60x/55v)
- Covenant (24x/21v), Everlasting (10x/9v), Love (14x/13v), Hope (6x); Compassion (7x/6v), Lovingkindness (5x)
- Faithful/faithfulness (3x), Trust, trusted, trusting (18x/17v),
- Listen, hear, heed (96x), Remember (14x/13v), Return (35x/29v), Repent (6x), Turn/Turned Back (20x)
- Restore (18x), Heal/healed/healing/health (21x/15v); Plant (17x/15v), Build (12x)
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
- Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Jeremiah, Theology of
- American Tract Society Dictionary: Jeremiah
- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Jeremiah
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Jeremiah
- Holman Bible Dictionary: Jeremiah
- Fausset Bible Dictionary: Jeremiah
- McClintock and Strong: Jeremiah, Book of; Jeremiah
- Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Jeremiah
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Jeremiah
- Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Jeremiah
- The Jewish Encyclopedia: Jeremiah, Book of; Jeremiah
- 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Jeremiah
- Jeremiah means “Exaltation of the Lord” – Hitchcock’s Bible Names
- Whythe’s Bible Characters: Jeremiah
- Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Jeremiah – Ligonier.org
- Best Commentaries on Jeremiah – Tim Challies
- Commentary Reviews: Jeremiah
- Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: Jeremiah
- Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: Jeremiah
- Matthew Henry’s Complete Complete Commentary on the Bible: Jeremiah
- Geneva Study Bible: Jeremiah
- Reformation Study Bible Notes: Jeremiah
- Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: Jeremiah
- The Arrangement Of Jeremiah’s Prophecies by J. Barton Payne.
- Plot, Prophecy And Jeremiah by Paul R House.
- Jeremiah: Prophet And Book by J. Gordon McConville.
- Jeremiah’s Message of Judgment and Hope for God’s Unfaithful “Wife” by Gary E. Yates
- The Prophet Jeremiah as Theological Symbol in the Book of Jeremiah” Gary E Yates
- The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah – Gary Yates.
- New Exodus and No Exodus in Jeremiah 26-45 – Gary E Yates
- The “Weeping Prophet” and “Pouting Prophet” in Dialogue: Inter-textual Connections Between Jeremiah and Jonah – Gary E Yates
- “The people have not obeyed”: A Literary and Rhetorical Study of Jeremiah 26-45 – Gary E Yates
- The Call for the Unfaithful Wife to Return: The Rhetoric of Prophetic Appeal in Jeremiah 2:1-4:4 – Gary Yates
- An Interpretive Survey- Audience Reaction Quotations in Jeremiah- Ronald Manahan
- The New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) — By: Michael Borg
- The Hermeneutics of Historic Premillennialism and Jeremiah 31:31-34 – H. Wayne House
- The Nations In The Millennium And The Eternal State – John Walvoord
- Jeremiah 30 – A Warning to the Palestinians and the Gentiles! – Mal Couch
- Wayne House: The Hermeneutics of Historic Premillennialism and Jeremiah 31:31-34
- Donald Curtis: Jeremiah: Coming Destruction Against Judah
- Book of Jeremiah – Bible Survey
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