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.
592 Ezekiel begins his prophetic ministry (some 35 years after Jeremiah had begun his)
Genre: Understanding Prophecy
Background & Outlines
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 Holman Bible Atlas
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
Judah Alone amid International Powers
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)
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
Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Jeremiah
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Jeremiah
Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Jeremiah
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica: Jeremiah
Jeremiah means “Exaltation of the Lord” – Hitchcock’s Bible Names
Whythe’s Bible Characters: Jeremiah
Donald Curtis: Jeremiah: Coming Destruction Against Judah