The Creation of Heaven and Earth: Re-Interpretation of Genesis I in the Context of Judaism, Ancient Philosophy, Christianity, and Modern Physics

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BACK TO CHAOS: THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN JEREMIAH 4:23–26 AND Genesis I

JACQUES T.A.G.M. VAN RUITEN


Introduction

In this paper I will concentrate on Jeremiah 4:23–26, which is an oracle of judgement.1 In it, a vision of the reversion of the creation into chaos is being described. It is followed by the reaction of YHWH Jer 4:27–28). The vision has a place among those oracles concerned

1 Cf. the following commentaries: J. Bright, Jeremiah (AB 19), New York 1965, 28–34;
R.P Carroll, Jeremiah: A Commentary, London 1986, 168–171; EC. Craigie, RH. Kelley,
and J.F. Drinkard, Jeremiah (WBC 26), Dallas, Texas 1991, 80–82; B. Duhm, Das Buck
Jeremia
(KHAT XI), Tubingen & Leipzig 1901, 53–54; F. Giescbrecht, Das Buch Jeremia
(HKAT III), GottinGen I894 (19072); W.L. Holladay, Jeremiah, I—II: A Commentary on
the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
(Hermeneia), Philadelphia 1986–1989, vol. I, 163–168;
J.R. Lundbom, Jeremiah 1–20 (AB 21 A), New York 1999; W. McKane, A Critical and
Exegetkal Commentary on Jeremiah, I-II
(ICC), Edinburgh 1986–1996, vol. I, 106–111;
ED. Miller, 'Jeremiah', in: L.E. Kelch (ed.), The New Interpreter's Bible, VI (Nashvillc
2001), 553–926, esp. 614–615; W. Rudolph, Jeremia (HAT 12), TubinGen I958, 29–31; A.
van Selms, Jeremia, I (POT), Nijkerk 1980, 92–93; J.A. Thompson, The Book of Jeremiah,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 1980, 228–231; A. Weiser, Das Buch lies Propheten Jeremia, 1–
25,13
(ATD 20), GottinGen I952. Specific studies on Jer 4:23–26 (28) can be found in
R. Althann, 'The Oracles of Jeremiah in North West Semitic Research', Scriptura 16
(1985) 17–28; A. Borges de Sousa, Jer 4,23–26 als F-orientierter Abschnitt', Zeitschrift fur
die alttestamentliche. Wissenschqft
105 (1993) 419–428; V. Eppstein, 'The Day of Yahweh
in Jeremiah 4,23–28', JBL 87 (1968) 93–97; M. Fishbane, Jeremiah IV 23–26 and
Job III 3–13: A Recovered Use of the Creation Pattern', Vetus Testamentum 21 (1971)
151–167; K.M. Hayes, Jeremiah IV 23: TOHU without BOHU', Vetus Testamentum 47
(1997) 247–249; W.L. Holladay, 'The Recovery of Poetic Passage of Jeremiah', JBL 85
(1966) 404–406; W.L. Holladay, 'Style, Irony and Authenticity in Jeremiah', JBL 81
(1962) 44–54; R. Liwak, Der Prophet und die Geschichte: Eine literar-historische Untersuchung
zum Jeremiabuch
(BWANT 121), Stuttgart 1987, 240–242; DC. Olson, Jeremiah 4.5–
31 and Apocalyptic Myth', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 73 (1997) 81–107;
R.M. Paterson, 'Repentance or Judgment: The Construction and Purpose of Jeremiah
2–6', Expository Times 96 (1985) 199–203; J.A. Soggin, 'The “Negation” in Jeremiah
4:27 and 5:10a, cf. 5:18b', Biblica et Orientalia 29 (1975) 179–183 (cf. Biblica 46 [1965]
56–59); J.W.Vancil, 'From Creation to Chaos: An Exegesis of Jeremiah 4:23–26',
in: F.F. Kearley, E.P. Myers, and T.D. Hadley (eds), Biblical Interpretation: Principles and
Practices
Studies in Honor of Jack Pearl Lewis, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1986, 181–192;
H. Weippert, Schopfer des Himmels und der Erde: Ein Beilrag zur Theologie des Jeremiabuches
(SBS 102), Stuttgart 1981, 49–54.

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