The prophets of the Old Testament times were among the most persuasive preachers in all of history. Smith uses communication theory and the sociology of knowledge to analyze how the preaching of the Old Testament prophets were able to change individual lives, influence the world’s greatest leaders, and cause entire nations to repent. He reaches beyond the traditional presentations of Scripture and historical data to look through the eyes of the Old Testament prophets, see their worldviews, examine their historical/social contexts, and explore the communications process and the dynamics of persuasion. Each chapter includes discussion questions concerning theological and social implications.
Gary Smith taught Old Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary in Minnesota, and Old Testament and Hebrew at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri. He is the author of Broadening Your Biblical Horizons, Amos: A Commentary and contributed to the Biblical Essentials Series (10 titles).