The Man who Knew God decodes the complexities of the book of Jeremiah and argues that this prophet is the key figure in shaping Western civilization. Author Mordecai Schreiber posits that Jeremiah is not only the one who eradicated paganism amongst the Hebrew people, but he can also be considered the founder of the post-biblical Jewish faith and the one who served as a spiritual model for Jesus of Nazareth. Offering intriguing insights into Jeremiah’s role in the founding of Western monotheism and the eradication of paganism amongst the Hebrew people, this book should be read by all those interested in Biblical studies and religion.
Rabbi Mordecai Schreiber is the author of over 50 books on Judaic and linguistic topics. He is the author of Ask the Bible and Light to the Nations: From Biblical Promise to World Peace.
Praise for the book by leading Bible scholars:
“The Book of Jeremiah continues to sound its assurances and its demands in challenging, contemporary ways. Rabbi Schreiber here provides an accessible entry into this remarkable prophetic person, voice, and tradition that live in the extremities of faith. Accenting the key issues in this prophetic articulation, Schreiber shows the bold way in which Jeremiah moves in revolutionary leaps beyond the closed tribalism of his antecedents. This wise book merits careful and sustained attention. It will evoke conversation that will continue to vex and nourish responsible faith, just the vexation and nourishment the prophet himself intended. The move toward an inclusive openness voiced by the prophet continues to be a demanding agenda for his present-day readers.” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
“Rabbi Schreiber’s central idea, that Jeremiah was the model upon which the author of the famous Suffering Servant songs in the book of Isaiah based these poems and hich, in turn, served as a significant inspiration for Jesus’ ministry, is both elegantly simple and profoundly important for Jews and Christians. It is high time that we celebrate what we have in common rather than fighting over our differences. Rabbi Schreiber helps us to do that.” —Alice Ogden Bellis, Howard University School of Divinity
"Highly recommending this work, I likewise express my hope that the author should consider follow-up volumes on the other major prophets." — Fr. Peter Stravinskas, editor, The Catholic Response
"Books like Mordecai Schreiber's The Man Who Knew God: Decoding Jeremiah are important because they clue us in on what we are missing....the author does an admirable job of elucidating the remarkable historical significance of the prophet for Jews and Christians."
Earlier praise for the author’s essay on the suffering servant in Isaiah, which forms the book’s central idea:
“I read your essay with avid interest. I will assign it in one of my courses. It is beautifully written.” — Michael Cook, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion
“Regarding Jeremiah as the suffering servant. . . my reaction to your treatment is positive.” —Richard Elliott Friedman, author, Who Wrote the Bible?
“Your mastery of the sources and of scholarship is very impressive, and you write like a very effective teacher.” —Bradley Shavit Artson, American Jewish University
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