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Reading as Re-reading: The Poetic Function of the Grammatical Ambiguity in Jer 51:20-24

Łukasz Popko


The grammatical ambiguity of Jer 51:20-24 results in three possible interpretations: 1) Babylon as God’s weapon; 2) an announcement of Babylon’s demise; 3) God as the victorious ruler of the world history. The ambiguity should be considered as a poetic trope.

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ambiguity; Book of Jeremiah

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