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Jeremiad. A rhetoric of indignation, expressing deep dissatisfaction and urgently challenging people to reform. Context. Rooted in Jeremiah’s warnings to the Israelites, the Jeremiad maintains that Americans are a chosen people with a historic mission to save and remake the world. Structure.

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jeremiad

Jeremiad

A rhetoric of indignation, expressing deep dissatisfaction and urgently challenging people to reform.

context
Context

Rooted in Jeremiah’s warnings to the Israelites, the Jeremiad maintains that Americans are a chosen people with a historic mission to save and remake the world.

structure
Structure

Citing the promise

usually this is rooted in biblical allusion

Bradford called it “God’s Providence”

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Criticism of the present declension or retrogression from the promise

This is where the dramatic threats come in—”hell, fire and brimstone”

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Prophecy that society will complete its mission and redeem the promise.

Restatement of America’s unique mission: Winthrop’s “City on the Hill”

conclusion
Conclusion
  • The Jeremiad’s consistent idea is that God will use the unhappy situation to spur people to reform and fulfill their divine destiny.
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