The Pragmatic Challenge to Moses: Jeremiah 30:1-4 in Light of Deuteronomy
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Benedetta Rossi [+]
Pontifical Biblical Institute
Benedetta Rossi is Associate Professor of Old Testament Exegesis at Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome). Her research interests are Prophecy and the book of Jeremiah; Deuteronomy, its composition and production; the relation between Pentateuch and Prophetic Literature. She also focuses on Cultural Hegemony and the production of sacred texts in the Second Temple period. Her recent publications are articles and book chapters on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and prophetic books. She recently coedited with Diana Edelman, Kåre Berge and Philippe Guillaume the volume Deuteronomy in the Making: Studies in the Production of Debarim (De Gruyter: 2021).
While lexical cross-references play a pivotal role for exploring the book of Jeremiah’s relation to Deuteronomy, similar pragmatic strategies have remained marginal to the debate. Against this background, this essay shows how the book of Jeremiah employs a pragmatic strategy pivotal to Deuteronomy to challenge the role that the sefer hattorah written by Moses plays in the restoration after the exile. Jer 30:1–4 will be considered as a test case.