Using his extensive experience teaching undergraduates and adult Bible study courses, Thomas Leclerc has written a book that will make the words and deeds of the biblical prophets available and accessible to all. As an introductory work, this book considers not only each of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible, but also treats the stories of prophets found in the Pentateuch and historical books. The biblical texts are approached from a number of different perspectives. Each story and prophetic book is placed in its historical context to understand the concerns the prophets addressed in their own time. This highlights the prophets as devine spokesmen with a message for a particular time and place. Comparison are made to contemporary literature from Israel's neighbors. Further, the literary aspects (e.g., themes, images, poetry) and theological significance of the text are examined. In addition to considering broad literary and theological themes, particular passages are examined and explained. This volume also highlights an often neglected aspect of the prophets, namely, their ministry as intercessors for the people before God. Finally, the significance of the prophet is examined in post-biblical traditions, especially in the Jewish and Christian lectionaries.
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.61 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.58