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Introduction to the Prophets

, 2008
ISBN: 9780802828965

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Writing in a conversational rather than a scholarly tone, Paul Redditt assumes little or no prior knowledge of the Old Testament as he presents and introduces the Major and Minor Prophets in the canonical order of the English Bible.

The chapters of Redditt’s Introduction to the Prophets discuss the place of each book in the canon; the literary setting of each book; their structure, integrity, and authorship; the main genre(s) in each; special features of each book; basic emphases of each book; and problems—theological, literary, or historical—raised by a study of the book. Among other things, Redditt demonstrates that the prophets were both “foretellers” and “forthtellers,” and he argues that the Old Testament prophets developed the concept of monotheism. Each chapter ends with questions for further reflection. Concluding the volume are a helpful glossary and several indexes.

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If you like this resource be sure to check out Eerdmans Old Testament Studies Collection (16 vols.).

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“First, it noted the existence of prophets in some of the cultures surrounding Israel, but showed that the prophets of Israel distinguished themselves from those prophets by developing the concept of monotheism and by contending that an ongoing relationship with God depended on proper moral action on the part of Israel’s people.” (Page 16)

“So what is the plot of the Book of the Twelve? Paul R. House argues that the Twelve is shaped around a sequence of events seen as significant to the people of Israel: the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722, of Judah in 586, and the restoration after the edict of Cyrus in 539.” (Page 204)

“Jeremiah responded by saying that one might judge whether a prophet was true or false by what might be called ‘a rule of thumb’: the prophets of old who had turned out to be true prophets had preached doom and gloom (Jer 28:7–9).” (Page 7)

“three terms applied to prophets: the roʾeh was a diviner, the ḥozeh a seer, and the nabiʾ a messenger.” (Page 16)

“(1) a true prophet must speak in the name of YHWH, and (2) his message must come true” (Page 16)

  • Title: Introduction to the Prophets
  • Author: Paul L. Redditt
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 420
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Prophets › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780802828965, 0802828965
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:58:05Z

Paul L. Redditt is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Georgetown College in Kentucky. Among his other books are commentaries on Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.


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