Jeremiah was a prophet who wrote two books of the Bible. He lived at the end of the period of the Divided Kingdom and saw the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.
He began prophesying during the reign of King Josiah.
Even after about five years of prophesying, King Josiah had still not turned his heart to God. It was in the eighteenth year of his reign, after the Books of Moses were found and read to him, when he turned to God. He restored true worship in the temple and it seems that he himself read the Books of the Law of Moses to all the people (2 Kings 23:2). He worked very hard to fulfill the Law and reform the worship of his people.
When King Josiah died, the prophet Jeremiah was very sorrowful. This was the last really good king Judah had before she fell. And so, Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah (mentioned in 2 Chronicles 35:25) and they were read by the people for many years after these events.
It is interesting to note that the prophet Jeremiah's father was a man of the tribe of Levi named Hilkiah. Remember how the priest who found the Book of the Law was also named Hilkiah. The time period and the family are right, but whether or not this is the same Hilkiah is not certain. In fact, some Biblical scholars think they are two different people. Still, it is an interesting possibility.
This period is so full of interesting people. Their 'characters' are so rich.
I can't say it enough - I would love to see this in a well done miniseries.
The figures of the Bible, especially in this time period, have scattered pieces about their lives in the various books of Kings and Chronicles. When the pieces are taken and put together, what amazing portraits form!!