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      Preaching the Pentateuch: reading Jeremiah's sermons through the lens of cultural trauma

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      Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology
      Cultural Trauma, Jeremiah, Pentateuch, Trauma Hermeneutics

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          This article seeks to investigate the rhetorical function of Jeremiah's Temple, Covenant and Sabbath Sermons against the backdrop of cultural trauma. I propose that the three sermons found in Jeremiah 7, 11:1-14 and 17:19-27 provide a good illustration of what is understood under the notion of cultural trauma according to which one or more of the public intellectuals of the time seeks to offer an interpretative framework that is focused on making sense of the calamity that threatened to destroy not only the community itself, but also everything they regarded to be sacred and true. By means of these three sermons, Jeremiah is reminding the people of Judah once again of the important tenets of their faith such as the Temple, the Covenant and the Sabbath as found predominantly in the Pentateuch. By 'preaching' on Judah's earlier traditions, the prophet reconstitutes these ancient customs in a new way in an attempt to rebuild the fractured community.

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                scriptur
                Scriptura
                Scriptura
                Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology (Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa )
                0254-1807
                2305-445X
                2017
                : 116
                : 0
                : 27-37
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                [01] orgnameStellenbosch University
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                S2305-445X2017000100013
                10.7833/116-2-1313
                44f23cee-98c9-42ef-ac31-5d8eccda7814

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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                Cultural Trauma,Jeremiah,Pentateuch,Trauma Hermeneutics
                Cultural Trauma, Jeremiah, Pentateuch, Trauma Hermeneutics

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