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PROPHECY AND THE BIBLICAL PROPHETS studies the phenomenon of prophecy in a wide context, the prophetic literature repre sented in the Bible, and the message of the prophets. Following this the author surveys all the prophets, from Moses to Huldah, and the prophetic books from Isaiah to Malachi. In addition to discussions of how things were in ancient Israel, Professor Sawyer pays particular attention to legends about the prophets, both canonical and apocryphal, many of which have been considerably more important in the history of Western civilization than the prophets' original words. A final chapter in this revised edition continues the story of biblical prophecy into the early church, and consi- ders Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpretation, and the matter of fulfilment of prophecy. It also contains a new section on feminist interpretation. PROPHECY AND THE BIBLICAL PROPHETS can be used as a basic text book as well as a source of interest and suggestions for further research.
A revised and updated edition of a classic textbook in the Oxford Bible Series about prophecy and prophets, this book is a clear and succinct study of prophecy both as a phenomenon in the wide context and as represented in the Bible. Surveying all the prophets from Moses to Huldah, the author also looks at the interpretation of prophecy through history by Christians, Muslims, and Jews--and most recently by feminists. This lucid and succinct study will be essential to those interested in biblical studies or religion--be it Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism.
"A clear, concise text that can be used as a major text for my course....I like its readability!"--Jay Southwick, Butler University
"A fine summary of contemporary understanding of ancient Israel's prophets and the traditions enshrined in their books."--Jared J. Jackson, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"An excellent guide...which will serve [students] well."--Evangelical Quarterly
"The book is an excellent guide to current discussion of Biblical prophecy."--Menorah Review