The Cultic Prophet in Ancient Israel

The Cultic Prophet in Ancient Israel

The Cultic Prophet in Ancient Israel

The Cultic Prophet in Ancient Israel

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In preparing the revised edition of this monograph I have not attempted to refer in detail to the growing number of those students of the Old Testament who accept in principle the theory of cultic prophets; nor have I thought it necessary to answer or even cite those critics of the theory who (i) begin with some preconceived notion as to what constitutes a 'prophet', or (ii) attribute to me, quite unwarrantably, the view that all the canonical prophets were cultic prophets. Indeed, with regard to the latter point I must evidently beg some of my readers to note that, apart from a passing comment which could hardly be avoided, I make no attempt in this monograph to deal with the complicated question as to whether or not any of the canonical prophets are to be regarded as cultic prophets. The fact is that we are not yet at the stage where this question can be discussed in anything like a satisfactory way. The whole subject of prophecy in ancient Israel is much more complex than is commonly recognized; and in this revised edition of my work I have felt it necessary to draw attention more than once to the disservice to Old Testament study which may be done by over-simplifying the issues and resorting to easy generalizations. It is my earnest hope that the following pages will serve to bring out something of the complexity of these issues and, at the same time, make some small contribution towards the solution of a few of the associated problems. In this connexion perhaps I should seek to avoid further inquiry by adding that I have now completed the greater part of the promised sequel to this monograph which was to appear under the title The Cultic Prophet and the Psalter (cf. first edition, p. 5, n. 1), and that I hope to see it through the press as soon as I have met the need to issue revised editions of the other monographs in this series.

It now remains for me to acknowledge my indebtedness . . .

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