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The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction
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The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction


Fortress Press 2010

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Noting that the legacy of the prophets remains a powerful element in contemporary society, Jack R. Lundbom explores the contours of prophetic speech in ancient Israel. He surveys the elements of each prophet’s message, describes the characteristics of prophetic rhetoric and symbolic behavior, and discusses the problem of authenticity: how did individuals make the claim to speak as prophets, and how did their audiences recognize their claims? The Hebrew Prophets offers an authoritative introduction to the phenomenon of ancient prophetic speech for the contemporary reader—and hearer.

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Key Features

  • Explores the contours of prophetic speech in ancient Israel
  • Surveys the elements of each prophet’s message
  • Offers an authoritative introduction to the phenomenon of ancient prophetic speech


  • To Be a Prophet . . .
  • The Prophetic Message—What Is It?
  • Measures of Authenticity
  • Prophetic Discourse in Poetry and Prose
  • Rhetorical Discourse in the Prophets
  • Prophetic Signs, Wonders, and Symbolic Behavior

Praise for the Print Edition

A fresh look at the Hebrew prophets inspired by the issues of modern times, cast within the prism of Judeo-Christian scholarly traditions, Lundbom’s reassessment of the biblical text represents a critical resource for students of the Bible and laymen alike.

—Seymour Gitin, professor of archaeology, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Already well-respected for his commentary work on Jeremiah, Lundbom now turns his hand, in more introductory fashion, to the whole canon of Hebrew prophets. He asks what they had in common as prophets and what distinguishes them as individuals. This thorough introductory overview draws out the rhetoric, signs, and symbols employed by these ancient forthtellers to express their often startling messages and draws important parallels with modern-day preachers and teachers.

—Katharine Dell, senior university lecturer, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

A very useful summary of the Hebrew Bible’s books of the prophets in a clear, reader–friendly form. It is a practical introduction to the prophets and an invitation to delve ever further into their history and their words.

—Richard Elliott Friedman, Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia

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About Jack R. Lundbom

Jack R. Lundbom is visiting professor of Old Testament at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong, and the author of the three-volume commentary Jeremiah, and Jeremiah: A Study in Ancient Hebrew Rhetoric.

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