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Jeremiah was a descendant from a family of priests in Anathoth. Later on Jeremiah visited there to negotiate the purchase of some field. He was arrested for desertion and thrown in prison. He was visited by the king and he gave him the same message as before. After this he was transferred to a better prisoner quarters. His uncle Shalum visited which was who he bought the field from (the field was an act of affirmation of faith for the future of the people and their devastated land). Anathoth was not where Jeremiah got his support –

"which is the place he condemned – but from certain families at the court and from the ‘elders of the land,’ who, to judge by their intervention in his trial were more in line with the Judean Micah than with the Ephraimite Hosea"

(Blenkinsopp p145).