of sin and an exhortation to turn to the wisdom of the Torah.
is ascribed to Baruch, who was the friend and secretary of Jeremiah
the prophet. At the beginning of the book, Baruch is said to be in exile
in Babylonia. He sends a scroll to the Jewish community in Jerusalem, giving
them a corporate confession of sin and prayers for God's mercy. The scroll
continues with a call to turn the wisdom of God that is found in the Torah.
In conclusion, Baruch assures his readers that in spite of their many sins,
God will be merciful to them. Roman Catholic Bibles include the Letter of Jeremiah at the end of Baruch.