Introduction to the Prophets

Introduction to the Prophets

Introduction to the Prophets

Introduction to the Prophets

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Paul L. Redditt discusses the major and minor Prophets in their canonical order. He considers the place of each book in the canon, the basic emphasis contained in each book, the literary setting, the structure, integrity and authorship and a discussion of the main genre in each book.

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The purpose of this book is to introduce college and seminary students — and other interested readers — to the Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. I have tried to write more in a conversational than a scholarly tone, in hopes of sustaining reader interest. I have assumed no appreciable knowledge of the Old Testament on the part of the reader. I hope to equip readers to engage in a profitable reading of the prophets on their own, giving readers the essential information for that reading, including enough information about the methods employed by biblical scholars to enable students to comprehend many of the conclusions of scholars and in turn to draw their own conclusions. My own debt to and dialogue with other scholars are inadequately reflected in the footnotes, which were deliberately kept to a minimum. Still, I must mention Mark J. Boda of McMaster University, James D. Nogalski of Baylor University, and Aaron Schart of the University of Essen, Germany, partners in dialogue about the prophets, especially the Minor Prophets.

This work has been a labor of love on the books of the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible to which I have devoted my scholarly inquiry. the reader has the right to know that I am a believing Christian, and that fact will from time to time influence issues I choose to discuss. That said, I do not think that the Major and Minor Prophets were written specifically to or about people or events of the twenty-first century. They seem, instead, selfevidently to have been written for and to have spoken to the contemporaries of the prophets. Though they occasionally predicted the not-toodistant future, they overwhelmingly spoke to the prophets’ own time.

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