A prophet akin to Hosea, Samuel, Moses

Scholar Thomas LeClerc draws helpful comparisons between Jeremiah and three other prophets (Introduction to the Prophets,239-240). The similarities with Hosea are particularly striking. Like the earlier prophet, Jeremiah is steeped in covenant traditions and expresses the relationship between God and Israel in terms of marriage and harlotry.

I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness…

~Jeremiah 2:2

I will now allure her and bring her into the wilderness… She shall respond as in the days of her youth.

~Hosea 2:15

Both prophets used family imagery to express God’s compassion and anger, and each celebrated God as the giver of fertility.

English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deu...

Moses pleading with Israel

Jeremiah and Samuel are the only two prophets to be called as youths. Samuel was the first person since Joshua to be presented as a prophet like Moses.

Both Jeremiah and Moses expressed reservations about their call. Both prophets are closely associated with the covenant and the Law. Each experienced conflict with his own people, strife, and rejection. Each interceded for the people before God. Both died outside the Promised Land, Moses in Moab, Jeremiah in Egypt.


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