Studying the Prophets
The following is a listing of works recommended to pastors, teachers, and students as particularly helpful for understanding the prophetic literature. For an instructive survey of study of the prophets since about 1945, see Gene M. Tucker, “Prophecy and the Prophetic Literature,” in The Hebrew Bible and Its Modern Interpreters, ed. Douglas A. Knight and Gene M. Tucker. The Bible and Its Modern Interpreters (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985). My own piece, “The Prophets in Recent Study: 1967-77” (in Interpretation 32 : 56-68), surveys the years indicated. For comprehensive bibliographical listing, see the work by Blenkinsopp cited below.
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. A History of Prophecy in Israel. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1983.
Bright, John. “The Prophets of Israel: Some Preliminary Remarks.” In Jeremiah. AB. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1965.
Heschel, Abraham. The Prophets. New York: Harper & Row, 1962.
Newsome, James D., Jr. The Hebrew Prophets. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1984.
Peterson, David L., ed. Prophecy in Israel: Search for an Identity. Issues in Religion and Theology. Philadelphia: Fortress Press; London: SPCK, 1987.
“Prophecy in Ancient Israel” and articles on individual prophets in The Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible: Supplementary Volume. Edited by Keith R. Crim. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1976.
“Prophetēs” in Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, vol. 6. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1968.
von Rad, Gerhard. Old Testament Theology, Vol. II: The Theology of Israel's Prophetic Traditions. Translated by D. M. G. Stalker. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
Westermann, Claus. Elements of Old Testament Theology Translated by Douglas W. Stott. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1982.
———A Thousand Years and a Day. Translated by Stanley Rudman. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1962.
Bright, John. A History of Israel. 3d ed. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1981.