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Een slachtoffer heeft JHWH in het Noorderland (Jer 46:10)

Hendrik G.L. (Eric) Peels
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 3 | a1999 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i3.1999 | © 2016 Hendrik G.L. (Eric) Peels | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 June 2015 | Published: 29 July 2016

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Hendrik G.L. (Eric) Peels, Old Testament studies, Apeldoorn Theological University, the Netherlands and Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


For the Lord will offer sacrifice in the land of the North (Jer 46:10). The present article ‘For the Lord will offer sacrifice in the land of the North (Jer 46:10)’ combines two focal points of my research, namely the issue of the Old Testament image of God and the interpretation of the book of Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 46:2–12, the first oracle against Egypt sketches a frightening picture of the destruction of Egypt’s army, which was crushingly defeated by the Babylonians at Carchemish. The destruction is represented as a sacrificial meal, at which the divine sword feasts on the flesh and the blood of God’s enemies. In order to adequately understand the purport of his prophetic interpretation, I present a contextual exegesis of the pericope. It is read in its literary context and against its historical background. After a concise analysis of its structure and a detailed exegesis of the pivotal verse (46:10), I conclude with a theological evaluation concerning the meaning and significance of this eerie prophecy.


Day of the Lord; Vengeance of God; Oracles Against the Nations; Jeremiah 46


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