The Message of Jeremiah, By Christopher J. H. Wright alt

The Message of Jeremiah

The Bible Speaks Today Series

Revised Edition

by Christopher J. H. Wright

The Message of Jeremiah
  • Length: 448 pages
  • Published: November 14, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0638
  • ISBN: 9781514006382

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The prophet Jeremiah addressed the people of Judah over a forty-year period leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC. The book of Jeremiah addresses the exiles, especially those in Babylon, in the years after the catastrophe.

In this Bible Speaks Today volume, we encounter the prophet who delivered the word of God to the people of Israel at the most terrifying time in their history. Understanding Jeremiah's context is essential to understanding his life and message. Even more, Christopher Wright shows, we must encounter the God of Jeremiah—an encounter that should be both profoundly disturbing and ultimately reassuring, as it was for Jeremiah.

In the end, Jeremiah is a book about the victory of God's love and grace. God's redemptive work constitutes the book's portrait of the future—a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, and ultimately in God's dwelling with his redeemed people forever in the new creation.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Jeremiah offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition features lightly updated language and a new interior design.


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1. The beginning—and the end (1:1-3)
2. Jeremiah’s appointment as prophet (1:4-19)
3. From honeymoon to divorce (2:1–3:5)
4. Turn, turn, turn (3:6–4:4)
5. Disaster from the north (4:5–6:30)
6. The temple sermon (7:1–8:3)
7. Tears in heaven (8:4–10:25)
8. Broken covenant and broken hearts (11:1–12:17)
9. An unwearable people and an unbearable future (13:1-27)
10. Too late! Too late! (14:1–15:9)
11. The pit of self-pity (15:10-21)
12. Silver-lined loneliness (16:1-21)
13. Heart searching (17:1-27)
14. Pots and plots (18:1–20:6)
15. ‘Perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned’ (20:7-18)
16. Kings: alive and dead and yet to be born (21:1–23:8)
17. Prophets: not on a mission from God (23:9-40)
18. The good, the bad and the ugly (24:1–25:38)
19. Half-time
20. Dramatic public encounters (26:1–28:17)
21. Letter to the exiles (29:1-32)
22. The surprises of grace (30:1–31:1)
23. The strengths of love (31:2-30)
24. New covenant (31:31-40)
25. Field of dreams (32:1–33:26)
26. Promise-breakers and promise-keepers (34:1–35:19)
27. God’s word: in the fire but not consumed (36:1-32)
28. God’s prophet: in the pit but not silenced (37:1–38:28)
29. The fall of Jerusalem (39:1–41:18)
30. Death on the Nile (42:1–44:30)
31. Baruch’s signature (45:1-5)
32. Shaking the nations (46:1–49:39)
33. Sinking Babylon (50:1–51:64)
34. The end . . . and a small beginning (52:1-34)


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Christopher J. H. Wright

Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships, and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written many books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.