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Reading the Latter Prophets : Toward a New Canonical Criticism - Conrad Edgar

Reading the Latter Prophets

Toward a New Canonical Criticism

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780567084521

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Edgar W. Conrad focuses on the prophetic books as composite collections and shows that: Prophets are characters in the text, depicted as figures of the past whose words are significant for a later time. Reading and writing play a central role in the depiction of prophets. Prophetic books are presented as written words available to later generations through reading. Read as a whole, The Latter Prophets depicts the end of prophecy and the emergence of messengers of the Lord. Reading the Latter Prophets is an important contribution to the problems of both the formation and function of the prophetic literature. This is volume 376 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series.

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"Edgar Conrad offers us a detailed and thought-provoking study of links within and in between the books of the latter prophets. Dissatisfied with the traditional form critical studies of Gunkel, and the rhetorical stylings of Muilenburg's approach, he begins with a review of these well-known paths and argues that, in their own ways, these historical-critical models can in fact be understood as radical reader-response reconstruals of the given texts. Conrad offers instead a semiotic reading based on Eco's model of communication, whereby texts are read as literature which achieves communication via semiotic codes picked up by the readers...this is a rewarding discussion of the various texts, sure to illuminate many inter-textual links among the latter prophets."
Richard S. Briggs, St John's College, Durham, Heythrop Journal

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Prophetic Books: Toward a Semiotics of Readingp. 5
Form Criticism and Beyondp. 7
Umberto Eco, Semiotics and Biblical Studiesp. 15
Prophetic Books and the Model Readerp. 23
Prophetic Books and the Sender's Codesp. 27
Conclusionp. 29
Texts and Historyp. 31
Fitting the Bible into the Outside Worldp. 32
Reading Prophetic Books: Toward a New Form Criticismp. 42
Ordering Prophetic Booksp. 45
Historical Criticism, Canonical Criticism and Orderp. 45
The Canonizing Process and the Semiotics of Readingp. 53
Reading: Order and Unityp. 60
Opening Prohetic Booksp. 63
Form and Prophetic Booksp. 64
Superscriptions and Datesp. 65
Vision and Visionsp. 69
Word and Wordsp. 78
The Beginning of Speakingp. 86
In the Handp. 88
Summary and Conclusionp. 89
The Words of Amos and Jeremiah: Reading Jeremiah in the Light of Amosp. 92
Amos and Jeremiah: Prophets to the Nationsp. 92
Jeremiah as a Prophet and a Warriorp. 101
Compiling the Words of a Warrior Prophetp. 109
From the Superscription to Preaching the Covenant (Jeremiah 1-11)p. 111
From the Covenant to the Cup of the Wine of Wrath (Jeremiah 12-25)p. 122
From the Cup of the Wine of Wrath to the End of the Words of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25.1-51.64)p. 138
The Battle is Overp. 156
Summary and Conclusionp. 158
'And It Happened' to Jonah and Ezekiel: Reading Ezekiel in the Light of Jonahp. 161
Jonah: Not Out of Sight and Presumably Not Out of Mindp. 164
Ezekiel and the [characters not reproducible] of Godp. 165
Ezekiel and Prophesyingp. 171
Ezekiel and False Visionp. 176
Compiling Ezekielp. 179
Summary and Conclusionp. 180
The 'Vision' of Isaiah: Reading Isaiah in the Light of the Other Prophets of Visionp. 182
What is [characters not reproducible]p. 183
[characters not reproducible] Identity and Timep. 184
Narratives and Structure in Isaiahp. 186
Re-Reading the Book of Isaiahp. 195
The First Section of the Vision of Isaiah (Chapters 1-6)p. 197
Isaiah 1-6 Read Intertextually with Joel and Micahp. 201
The Second Section of the Vision of Isaiah (Chapters 7-35)p. 206
Isaiah 7-35 Read Intertextually with Obadiah and Nahump. 224
The Third Section of the Vision of Isaiah (Chapters 36-66)p. 225
Isaiah 36-66 Read Intertextually with Habakkuk and Zephaniahp. 241
Summary and Conclusionp. 242
'[The] Beginning of Yahweh Spoke [was] with Hosea': Reading the Twelve in the Light of the Major Prophetsp. 243
The Beginning of Yahweh Spokep. 246
Divorcing Gomer (Israel)p. 247
What is Wrong with Israel?p. 248
From Joel to Zephaniahp. 250
The End of Prophecy and the Emergence of Messengersp. 253
Messengers in the Twelvep. 255
The Former Prophetsp. 256
Seeing in Zechariahp. 260
My Messenger and the Concluding Oracles in Zechariahp. 264
Summary and Conclusionp. 266
Conclusionp. 268
Bibliographyp. 273
Index of referencesp. 277
Index of authorsp. 288
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ISBN: 9780567084521
ISBN-10: 0567084523
Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1