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People: Baruch

Baruch

The scribe of the prophet Jeremiah.

Background

The friend and secretary of Jeremiah who wrote down the prophet's message on a scroll and then read it in the hearing of the people of Jerusalem. The king listened to the oracles of Jeremiah, cut up the scroll and threw it in the fire. When Jeremiah heard of it, he ordered Baruch to write another scroll.  After the destruction of Jerusalem, Baruch was taken to Egypt with Jeremiah.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus