Using comparative anthropology to get at the social dimensions of prophetic activity, Robert Wilson’s study brings the study of Isrealite prophecy to a new level. Looking at both modern societies and Ancient Near Eastern ones, Wilson sketches the nature of prophetic activity, its social location, and its social functions. He then shows how these features appear in Israelite prophecy and sketches a history of prophecy in Israel.
With this book, Robert R. Wilson establishes himself as a central contributor to the study of the prophets. His book will surely become a standard point of reference for subsequent work. Wilson reflects a major move in methods and perspectives now being made in Old Testament studies, a move which seeks to go beyond the American and the German syntheses of the last generation.
—Walter Brueggemann, Interpretation
Competent histories of Israelite prophecy are rare enough; histories which tackle responsibly the social realia of the phenomena under discussion are rarer still. Wilson’s book is just such a doubly rare, and excellent contribution; one which replaces earlier, and hitherto standard, tomes.
—David L. Petersen, Religious Studies Review
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