Prophetic Literature

Prophetic Literature

by Carolyn J Sharp


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This unique introduction to the Prophetic books provides a comprehensive examination of one of the most important, and misunderstood genres of the Hebrew Bible. It examines the nature and purpose of prophetic literature, as well as providing an in-depth account of the origins and development of each individual book.

The book begins by placing the prophets in their historical context and introducing the idea of a prophetic book. A series of chronological chapters focus on each prophetic book examining its literary structure, authorship, and the editorial processes that produced each book. Readers are also introduced to the most recent scholarly research into the formation of prophetic books and the ongoing task of the scribes in updating previous works to meet new situations.

The Prophetic Literature offers rich and rewarding insights into a series of prophetic works whose profound influences and inspirational wisdom have endured to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426765049
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Series: Core Biblical Studies Series
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 627,688
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carolyn J. Sharp is Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. Her research explores the poetics and theology of biblical texts as resources for homiletical theory and practice. She is interested in ways in which contemporary preaching can draw artfully on biblical studies, feminist perspectives on power, and emancipatory pedagogy. Her books include Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009) and Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (2010). Professor Sharp has edited or co-edited six volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets (2016) and Feminist Frameworks and the Bible: Power, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality (with Juliana Claassens; 2017). A member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society of Biblical Theologians, Professor Sharp serves on the editorial board of the journal Horizons in Biblical Theology. An Episcopal priest, she preaches regularly at St. John's Church in Essex, CT and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

General Preface ix

Key Words and Abbreviations xi

1 Introduction: History, Memory, and Prophetic Texts 1

Interpreting the Latter Prophets 8

Prophets and Their Communities 15

Tools for Biblical Interpretation 19

2 Isaiah: Prophet of Restoration 43

Theological Themes 48

God as the Holy One of Israel 48

Prophetic Critique of Idolatry 50

Daughter Zion, Wounded and Restored 54

Isaiah 1-39 61

Isaiah 40-55 75

Isaiah 56-66 80

3 Jeremiah: Prophet of Struggle 85

Theological Themes 89

Persistent Idolatry 89

Prophecy in Political History 90

Tension between Doom and Repentance 97

Jeremiah 1-25 103

Jeremiah 26-45 116

Jeremiah 46-52 122

4 Ezekiel: Prophet of Holiness 127

Theological Themes 131

"Then They Shall Know That I Am the Lord" 132

The Moveable Presence of God 135

Sexualized Shaming of Israel 138

Ezekiel 1-24 144

Ezekiel 25-39 151

Ezekiel 40-48 156

5 The Book of the Twelve: Prophetic Polyphony 161

Theological Themes 167

Relationship between Judgment and Redemption 167

The Day of Yhwh 169

The Importance of Authentic Worship 171

Hosea 174

Joel 183

Amos 185

Obadiah 191

Jonah 192

Micah 197

Nahum 204

Habakkuk 206

Zephaniah 208

Haggai 210

Zechariah 211

Malachi 213

Epilogue: The Prophets and Radical Change 217

Notes 229

Scripture Index 237

Index of Modern Authors 249

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