A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah, Vol. 29 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
Shead, Andrew G.
“Shead's book is an important contribution to the theological interpretation of the Bible. Those in the evangelical and confessional wings of the church will especially appreciate this illuminating engagement of the World of God in Jeremiah.”See All
Larry R. Helyer
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Fall 2013
“This is a very significant book for the study of Jeremiah specifically, as well as for its contributions to biblical theology and the doctrine of Scripture.”See All
Ray Van Neste
Preaching, November/December 2013
“It is extraordinarily rare for a reading of a biblical book to be simultaneously creative and convincing, but Dr. Andrew Shead has managed it in this work of Jeremiah. It is even more extraordinary for a book that exemplifies careful exegesis and the best of one kind of biblical theology to speak authoritatively to the discipline of systematic theology, but Dr. Shead's work manages that, too. Characterized by tight and disciplined writing and careful thought, this volume deserves careful study ...”See All
D. A. Carson
“I am putting my words as a fire in your mouth; these people are tinder and it will consume them.” (Jeremiah 5:14)
In the book of Jeremiah, not only is the vocabulary of "word" and "words" uniquely prevalent, but formulae marking divine speech also play an unprecedented role in giving the book's final form its narrative and theological shape. Indeed, "the word of the Lord" is arguably the main character, and a theology that is both distinctive and powerful can be seen to emerge from the unfolding narrative.
In this stimulating study, Andrew Shead examines Jeremiah's use of word language; the prophet's formation as an embodiment of the word of God; his covenant preaching and the crisis it precipitates concerning the recognition of true prophecy; and, in the "oracles of hope," how the power of the word of God is finally made manifest.
Shead then brings this reading of Jeremiah to bear on some issues in contemporary theology, including the problem of divine agency and the doctrine of Scripture, and concludes by engaging Jeremiah's doctrine of the Word of God in conversation with Karl Barth. The prophet's major contribution emerges from his careful differentiation of "word" and "words."