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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Canonicity.

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Like Baruch, the Letter of Jeremiah was associated by the church with the book of Jeremiah from the second century or earlier, and considered part of that prophetic work. However, with the exception of Aristides, Tertullian, and Cyprian, Christian writers rarely allude to it. This may be in part because the worship of idols became less and less of a threat to the church as time went on, and also because similar ideas are expressed more succinctly in Deut 4:28; Ps 115:4–7; 134:15–17; Isa 44:9–20; 46:5–7; Jer 10:1–16 , the very passages from which the Letter drew its inspiration.

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The Letter of Jeremiah once circulated among Jewish communities, witness its presence at Qumran and the allusion to it in 2 Maccabees, but it was not recognized later by the rabbis.

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