Leadership Roles of the Old Testament: King, Prophet, Priest, Sage

Leadership Roles of the Old Testament: King, Prophet, Priest, Sage

by Marty E Stevens


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610974080
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/18/2012
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Marty E. Stevens holds a PhD in biblical studies. She is Associate Professor in the Arthur L. Larson position of Stewardship and Parish Ministry, Chief Financial Officer, and Registrar at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Temples, Tithes, and Taxes (2006) and Theological Themes of the Old Testament: Creation, Covenant, Cultus, and Character (Cascade Books, 2010).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

1 King 1

Terminology 1

The Role of King in Society 2

God as King 2

God Selects the Earthly King 10

People Select the Earthly King 12

Duties of the King 14

Securing the Property 16

Securing the Progeny 19

Securing the Presence of the Divine 22

Limits on the Powers of the King 25

The Messiah and the Kingdom of God 28

2 Prophet 31

Terminology 31

The Prophetic Vocation 33

Connection between Deity and Prophet 33

Social Location of Prophets 39

True and False Prophets 42

Forms of Prophetic Speech 44

Call Narrative 44

Messenger Speech 47

Other Forms of Prophetic Announcements 51

The Message of the Prophets 53

Covenant Faithfulness 53

Exclusive Loyalty to God 55

Economic Injustice 58

Ritual without Righteousness 60

Hope of Ultimate Salvation by God's Grace and Mercy 62

3 Priest 64

Terminology 64

The Priestly Vocation 65

Duties of the Priests 68

Sacrifice 69

Purification 72

Divination 76

Teaching the Law 82

Priests and Levites 85

4 Sage 91

Terminology 91

The Role of Sage in Society 92

Family and Tribal Life 92

Life under the Monarchy 95

Foreign Kingdoms 99

Post-Old Testament Texts 101

Sage as Teacher 103

Royal Court 103

Parent-Child 106

Sage Advice as Wisdom Literature 107

Proverbs 107

Job 108

Ecclesiastes 109

Psalms 110

For Further Reading 113

Scripture Index 115

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