Challenging Prophetic Metaphor

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Overview

The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God and to portray people in relation to God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortable--God as abusive husband, for instance, or as neglectful father. Julia O'Brien searches the prophetic books for these metaphors, looking for ways in which the different images intersect and build off each other. When confronted with disturbing metaphors, she deals with them unflinchingly, providing a sharp critique and evaluation of the interpretations of these metaphors for God. Giving particular attention to the possible uses of these metaphors in the church today--for good or ill--O'Brien listens to the fullness of the prophetic messages and points us toward new ways to read these theological metaphors for a just faith today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664229641
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,435,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Julia M. O'Brien is Professor of Old Testament and the Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Chair in Old Testament Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books on the Old Testament prophets.
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Table of Contents

Bible Translations Used

1 Prophetic Theology: A Brief History of Interpretation 1

2 The Challenge of Feminist Criticism of the Prophets 29

3 Another Way of Doing Theology 49

4 God as (Abusing) Husband 63

5 God as (Authoritarian) Father 77

6 God as (Angry) Warrior 101

7 Jerusalem as (Defenseless) Daughter 125

8 Edom as (Selfish) Brother 153

Conclusion 175

Notes 179

Bibliography 189

Scripture Index 194

Index of Subjects and Names 199

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    Great book full of insight, intelligence and thoughtful scholarship

    O'Brien writes exceedingly well about texts we too often assimilate into our theology without critical thinking. I was blown away at the number of times she has shown my prejudice and assumption of patriarchal thinking as inevitable. I had not realized how much my thinking was agreeable to the world of the prophets, and how hurtful this way of thinking can be to women and children. I have so much to learn! This is a great book you will enjoy of feminism appeals to you and justice is in your heart.

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