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The oracle of deliverance for Ebed-Melech, the cushite

An exegetical-theological study of Jer 38,1-13 and 39,15-18


Deusdedit Musinguzi

This book examines the oracle of deliverance that Yhwh communicated to Ebed-melech, the Cushite (Jer 39,15-18). In order to comprehend this analeptically presented promise, however, the research also scrutinizes two other related events in Jeremiah’s mission in the context of Jer 37–39: i) the unpleasant incident in which the Jerusalem officials maliciously threw the Lord’s messenger into the muddy cistern (Jer 38,1–6) and ii) Ebed-melech’s benevolent intervention to rescue the prophet from the water reservoir (Jer 38,7-13). In this monograph, the author uses the historical-critical method and rhetorical & narrative analyses.

Analepsis, Historical-critical, Rhetoric and narrative; Oracle, Sword, Famine and pestilence; Compassion, Ubuntu, Obedience, Trust and deliverance; Cistern, Gate, Courtyard and king’s palace; Disobedience, Judgment and exile.