Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Jeremiah’s Game


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Ancient authors loved to play with their composi­tions much more than we do today. In fact, it was much easier to manipulate words and structure in some ancient languages than it is in Modern English. Ancient writers even played games with the readers of their work. One such ancient Hebrew game is called atbash, and Jeremiah used it quite effectively.