Reflection on Nichols and Jeremiah

Part Two of Aidan Nichols' Lovely Like Jerusalem describes a "pattern of revelation" in the two Christian testaments. Part Three features presuppositions about God and God's economy, and Part Four specifies the concrete shape of the typological relationship he posits. Of course, Nichols is not inventing these assertions out of thin air. He is describing the church's habits of interpreting the scriptures as he sees them, habits that themselves are not arbitrary but which attempt to honor the claims of the scriptures themselves. As you have been reading Nichols, our combined classes have been reading Jeremiah, a prophet of old and new. Jeremiah's oracles seem well suited as a standard by which you can judge the strength of Nichols' case.

In what ways does a careful, close reading of Jeremiah 30-33 confirm, counter, and/or qualify Nichols' proposal for understanding and relating the testaments in parts two through four? Develop your analysis by drawing on details both in Jeremiah and in Nichols.

You may discover that your reading of Nichols sensitizes you to features of Jeremiah. While any such help should always be welcome, remember that the primary direction of this assignment is from Jeremiah toward Nichols.

Please keep your paper 4-5 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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