Rhetorical Language as a Device for Jeremiah’s Authenticity Claims: His Rivalry with Adversaries in 23:9–15

Willie Wessels


This article investigates the rhetorical language used by the prophet Jeremiah (compilers of the text) in Jeremiah 23:9–15 to profile the prophets who opposed him and his claim to be the spokesperson of Yahweh. He does not only use language and imagery to discredit his opponents in the eyes of his audience and readers, but also to describe their fate. The poem in Jeremiah 23:9–15, therefore, concerns the authenticity claim as to who the true prophet of Yahweh is.


Biblical rhetorical language; prophets;

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