Jeremiah’s friend and secretary. Baruch belonged to a respected Jerusalemite family and his brother, Seraiah, was minister to King Zedekiah (Jer 51:59). In 605–604 BCE, Jeremiah dictated his prophecies to Baruch, who bravely read the scroll to the people in the Temple and again to the ministers of Jehoiakim (608–598 BCE). The scroll was then read to the king, who burned it, ordering the seizure of Jeremiah and Baruch. Both went into hiding and rewrote their scroll (Jer 36). Baruch is mentioned a second time when Jeremiah redeems Hanamel’s field in Anathoth (Jer 32:12-16), and a third and last time (Jer 43:3) when, in spite of Jeremiah’s warnings, “the commanders of the forces” flee to Egypt, taking both Jeremiah and Baruch with them.
Jeremiah's Command to Seraiah
59The word that the prophet Jeremiah commanded Seraiah son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, when he went with King Zedekiah of Judah to ... View more
The Scroll Read in the Temple
1In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord:2Take a scroll and write on ... View more
12and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the ... View more
3but Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us, to hand us over to the Chaldeans, in order that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.”