Mouth Full of Fire, A: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)
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About "Mouth Full of Fire, A: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)"
"I am putting my words as a fire in your mouth; these people are tinder and it will consume them." (Jeremiah 5:14) In the book of Jeremiah, the vocabulary of "word" and "words" is not only uniquely prevalent, but formulae marking divine speech also play an unprecedented role in giving the book's final form its narrative and theological shape. Indeed, "the word of the Lord" is arguably the main character, and a theology that is both distinctive and powerful can be seen to emerge from the unfolding narrative. In this stimulating study, Andrew Shead examines Jeremiah's use of word language; the prophet's formation as an embodiment of the word of God; his covenant preaching and the crisis it precipitates concerning the recognition of true prophecy; and, in the "oracles of hope," how the power of the word of God is finally made manifest. Shead then brings this reading of Jeremiah to bear on some issues in contemporary theology, including the problem of divine agency and the doctrine of Scripture, and concludes by engaging Jeremiah's doctrine of the Word of God in conversation with Karl Barth. The prophet's major contribution emerges from his careful differentiation of "word" and "words."
Meet the Authors
D A Carson (Ed)
Dr Don (D. A.) Carson is currently Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His areas of expertise include biblical theology, the historical Jesus, postmodernism, pluralism, Greek grammar, Johannine theology, Pauline theology, and questions of suffering and evil. Carson has written prolifically and profoundly on all these subjects.
Carson has written or edited 57 books - as well as numerous journal articles - ranging from New Testament commentaries to topical studies on the state of the contemporary church and its wider cultural context. His work is characterised by brilliant theological insight, thorough scholarship, and an uncompromising commitment to the essentials of Reformed doctrine.
Carson's landmark book, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award. Other works that examine the interaction of church and culture include The Inclusive Language Debate (1998), Becoming Conversant With the Emerging Church (2005), Christ and Culture Revisited (2008) and The Intolerance of Tolerance (2012).
Carson's exegetical works include volumes on individual New Testament books in the Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary, Pillar New Testament Commentary, Baker Exegetical Commentary, and New International Greek Testament Commentary. In Exegetical Fallacies (1984, 1996, 2nd ed.), Carson is at his incisive best, analysing the root causes of errors in biblical interpretation. He has also notably edited the New Testament Commentary Survey up to its 7th edition (2013), as well as the Zondervan Study Bible (2015).
Donald Arthur Carson was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1946. His undergraduate degree majored in mathematics and chemistry. He went on to undertake a Master of Divinity with a Baptist seminary and earned his PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University in 1975, the same year he married his wife Joy. In 1978, Carson joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has worked ever since. In 2005 with Tim Keller, Carson founded The Gospel Coalition (TGC) - a network of Reformed churches dedicated to engaging and transforming the wider culture through speaking events, online advocacy, and publication. He continues to be an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.
Carson lives with his family in Liberty, Illinois. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.
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This is a highly academic book, but contains some glorious gems for reading Jeremiah personally. Do not try and read this book without a bible, pen, paper, a quiet space and possibly a strong caffeinated beverage. Mouth full of fire is part of a series that aims to investigate Bible themes throughout the Bible (in this case the Word of God) - so it does not provide information on all the passages of Jeremiah as expected from a regular commentary. However, Shead's introduction to how to read the book of Jeremiah, along with his use of particular passages of Jeremiah to show his Biblical theology, provide great understanding of how to read Jeremiah. The suggested structure for reading Jeremiah, where the book traces the same time period three times, each from different viewpoints, fits perfectly with what I found reading the Book of Jeremiah. The remainder of the book is dedicated to investigating how the Word of the God (A message for all people from God) can be contained within the words of a prophet and scripture itself. It explores how people respond as hearers to the word of God, and the implications of how God uses words for understanding the nature of prophecy and how we receive Gods words in the Bible today..Thankfully, very helpful, readable summaries are provided at the end of each chapter if the academic debate gets overwhelming within a particular chapter itself.
I have always found Jeremiah a challenging book and have sometimes tried to avoid it. After reading Shead's book, I am more enthusiastic about it and less timid about engaging with it. Shead proposes to unify the book of Jeremiah around the central theme of "the word of the Lord". Shead believes that it is best described as "the story of what happened when the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah". As it is read, the reader cannot help but to evaluate their own doctrine of the word of God. On a personal level, my own understanding of Jeremiah has been substantially increased by reading this book. I especially appreciated the distinction between 'word' and 'words'. However, the book is not for the faint hearted, with it clearly written with more of an academic audience in mind. However, this is not to say that a non-academic person would get nothing out of it. As a preacher and a teacher, I would recommend that for preachers and teachers this book be one of your first points of call when looking at Jeremiah.