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How much do you know about the prophet Jeremiah? If you’re like the average person, you don’t know much, even though the Book of Jeremiah is the longest book in the entire Bible. Although there is much to learn from Jeremiah, we sometimes don’t study his life as carefully as we should.
But for Latter-day Saints, Jeremiah is one of the Old Testament books we should study the most! Lehi and Nephi lived in the time of Jeremiah, and the events that are described in Jeremiah set the stage for the Book of Mormon. The Book of Jeremiah is worth your time and effort.
The purpose of this page is to give you a few resources for understanding Jeremiah.
First, you might enjoy this overview video I made of the storyline of Jeremiah and lessons we can learn from his life.
The Jeremiah Movie
Second, try watching the full-length movie, “Jeremiah.” It stars Patrick Dempsey, who does a great job portraying Jeremiah. It’s not 100% scriptural, but it does include many scenes from the Book of Jeremiah and will help make them come alive for you! If you’re teaching a class on Jeremiah, you might particularly be interested in this clip that goes along with Jeremiah 7:1-11, or this clip that goes with Jeremiah 27-28.
Reading the Storyline
If you just want to read the storyline of Jeremiah (skipping the chapters that consist primarily of Jeremiah’s rebukes to the people), read Jeremiah 1, 7, 11:18-23, 18, 26, 19-20, 35, 36, 27-28, 37-43. This follows the approximate chronological order of Jeremiah’s life. There are so many amazing lesser-known stories connected with Jeremiah…I definitely recommend reading the above chapters! For more information about reading Jeremiah in chronological order, see this page.
Reading With an Alternate Translation
Try reading Jeremiah using the New Living Translation. This version is written at a 6th grade reading level, which can be helpful when we’re approaching a complicated text for the first time. Reading the storyline chapters listed above in the NLT will be fun! Is it okay to use alternate versions? Yes, read more here.
I also have really enjoyed Tyler Griffin, Taylor Halvorson and George Pierce’s presentations on “Come Follow Me Insights” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and Emily Freeman and David Butler’s insights on “Don’t Miss this.” (Part 1, Part 2).
Contact me and tell me your favorite parts of Jeremiah!