Forming Prophetic Literature

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These essays are written in honour of John D.W. Watts, formerly Professor of Old Testament at Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and Old Testament editor of the Word Biblical Commentary, well known for his contributions, especially to scholarship on the prophetic books. Accordingly, the essays here address the literary, redactional and canonical questions posed by the Hebrew Bible's prophetic literature. The prophetic books have defied easy classification according to genre or facile explanation of ...

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Overview

These essays are written in honour of John D.W. Watts, formerly Professor of Old Testament at Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and Old Testament editor of the Word Biblical Commentary, well known for his contributions, especially to scholarship on the prophetic books. Accordingly, the essays here address the literary, redactional and canonical questions posed by the Hebrew Bible's prophetic literature. The prophetic books have defied easy classification according to genre or facile explanation of their historical development. With a special focus on the books of Isaiah and of the Twelve Prophets, the nature and formation of prophecy as literature is probed from a variety of methodological standpoints, including textual criticism, synchronic literary analysis, tradition history and redaction criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850756415
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Jsot Supplement Series
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Abbreviations 8
List of Contributors 11
The Formation of a Scholar 13
The Book of Isaiah in Recent Study 22
A Light to the Nations: A Central Theme of the Book of Isaiah 57
Isaiah 15-16 70
The Form and Formation of the Book of the Twelve: The Evidence from the Judean Desert 86
Intertextuality in the Twelve 102
Twelve Prophetic Books or 'The Twelve': A Few Preliminary Considerations 125
The Prophets and the End of Hosea 158
The Interrelationship between Amos and Hosea 171
The Book of Nahum: A History of Interpretation 187
Dramatic Coherence in Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah 195
Psalmody in Prophecy: Habakkuk 3 in Context 209
Interrogatives in Haggai-Zechariah: A Literary Thread? 224
Zechariah 9-14, Malachi, and the Redaction of the Book of the Twelve 245
Malachi's Dual Design: The Close of the Canon and What Comes Afterward 269
Bibliography of Works 303
Index of References 306
Index of Authors 321
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