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Each essay in this book offers historical and literary information of the first reading and the responsorial psalm for the Sundays in the lectionary for Year A. It provides information about aspects of the Eastern Mediterranean cultural world in which the authors of these documents and their original recipients lived. Such information helps to identify plausible links with the gospel for each Sunday and encourages the reader to explore pastoral applications to modern life. Paperback, 125 pages.
Preachers and liturgy planners will find "The Cultural World of the Prophets a companion to John Pitch's "The Cultural World of Jesus Sunday by Sunday series and "The Cultural World of the Apostles series. Each essay offers historical, literary, and Eastern Mediterranean cultural information about the first reading and responsorial psalm of the liturgy of each Sunday. "The Cultural World of the Prophets relates the first reading and responsorial psalm to the Gospel as intended by the architects of the Lectionary. It encourages readers to pursue in-depth study and helps them appreciate the specific verses of the first reading and the responsorial psalm in their own right.