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      Calling leaders to account: A dialogue with Jeremiah 5:1-9

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          Reading an ancient biblical text asking modern day questions is a challenging endeavour. In this article I attempt to engage Jer 5:1-9 in terms of leadership accountability. An analysis of this passage reveals that the prophet distinguishes between insignificant people and big people, probably referring to the peasants and the leaders in the Judean society. Jeremiah made it clear that he expected more of the leaders in terms of doing what is right; trust and truth. The leaders have failed in this regard and are therefore held accountable for the ethical demise of the Judean society. Because of their disloyalty to Yahweh and the covenant, the prophet announces punishment. In the light of what emanated from this passage an attempt was made to engage the Jeremiah text from the perspective of modern day readers with an interest in leader accountability and ethics.

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              A critical and exegetical commentary on Jeremiah

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                Role: ND
                Journal
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                Old Testament Essays
                Old testam. essays
                The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA)
                2312-3621
                2015
                : 28
                : 3
                : 874-893
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                [1 ] Unisa
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                S1010-99192015000300017
                10.17159/2312-3621/2015/v28n3a17
                adb733e1-38d6-4004-9d65-c3ce27a74986

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

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                Self URI (journal page): http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=1010-9919&lng=en
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                Religion

                General religious studies
                Dialogue,accountability,forgiveness,ethics,worldview and leaders
                General religious studies
                Dialogue, accountability, forgiveness, ethics, worldview and leaders

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