This class elucidates Jeremiah’s heartrending lament. “I called for my lovers, but they deceived me…” As they are led into captivity, the Jewish people experience the bitter taste of betrayal, as her purported allies and friends not only provide no assistance, but in fact stab them in the back. A variety of explanations present various frames of betrayal by false lovers, painfully compounded by the crushing letdown from otherwise genuine leaders. As layers of meaning are peeled back on these prophetic and eternal words, they sadly resonate with timely meaning as the Jews modern day saga continues to unfold and repeat itself with striking similarities to the tragic mistakes of the past.

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