About Baruch the Scribe
aruch the Scribe sat astride the gate of two warring cultures: his own (Judea) and the Babylonian (the enemy). Baruch quilled controversy for Jeremiah, controversy because Jeremiah advocated surrender to the enemy, Nebuchadnezzar. Zedekiah, the Judean king preferred rebellion. He had not paid his promissory notes and rewarded Jeremiah for his political acuity by consigning him to prisonfor treason. Here Baruch took his dictation, transcribing with the novel method of using pen and ink. However, neither Jeremiahs words nor Baruchs ink impressed the Judean politicians; therefore, Nebuchadnezzar left his hanging gardens in Babylon to lasso Zedekiahs hanging valuables in the Jerusalem temple as recompenseand he had not picked any olive branches on the way.
Nebuchadnezzar captured Zedekiah and took him to Babylon but not to see the hanging gardens for he had blinded him. Conversely, Nebuchadnezzar freed Jeremiah because he could see, rewarded him monetarily and gave him safe conduct to a location of his choice. Turbulent Judea was not, however, considered prime real estate even though the olive branches wept to be political symbols. In the ensuing social chaos, Jeremiah and Baruch reluctantly joined the refugees escaping to Egypt. They set off with Zedekiahs daughters and a small allied military escort, protected from further assault perhaps by the safe conduct parchment (Jeremiah 36-43).
Was there though an escape from the escape? Although contrary to the Midrash, legend, enhanced by some concrete evidence (a tomb) and, of course, considerable controversyextends the story. In early Irish history, ancients claim a venerable gentleman, accompanied by a kings daughter, his amanuensis (Brug), an Ethiopian hero (Ebed-Melech), a great chest and a stone of destiny arrived by sea in 583 B.C. The Milesian High King of all Ireland was impressedboth by Jeremiahs words and Baruchs ink. He assigned Jeremiah to institute law, schools and congresses, designated the princess to marry his son, and granted Baruch freedom of the press.
It is further suggested that after these modest accomplishments, Baruch emigrated againthis time to the 21st century. Here he retired his quill, looked about for a new career and was captured by the Internet. Now he offers a historical, whimsical and controversial repertoire for interested, contemporary Jeremiahs. You may enter his cipherspace library but it must be before the final parchment is edited and approved which is when, as Isaiah says, the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll.
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