Tradition and Interpretation

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may be mistaken, however, if we suppose that these men of later times recaptured for themselves or can recapture for us the sharpness and hardness of a prophet's word as it sounded during his own times. Zimmerli103 has indicated the kind of literary and theological losses which are associated with actualization. Imagery can lose its sharpness and its original force, as, for example, the images which relate to the journey home in Deutero-Isaiah do in the Jerusalem context of Trito- Isaiah. Language which was bold and striking when fully integrated into its original framework of meaning may be reduced to the rather flabby language which is the coin of conventional piety.Jesus said to his contemporaries that their forefathers had killed the prophets and that they had built tombs for them ( Luke 11:47 f.). When we say that the witness of the pre-exilic prophets was accepted and developed by pious men of later times, we should not forget that they believed themselves to stand on the other side of the judgement which the pre-exilic prophets had proclaimed and that this was more comfortable than standing under that judgement. If we are to recover the challenge of the words of these prophets, we have to understand them against the circumstances of their times, and so there are high theological reasons for not resiling from the task of recovering their ipsissima verba.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
(Works mentioned in the body of the essay are not listed here)
CHILDS B. S. Isaiah and the Assyrian Crisis, SBT 2nd series, iii, 1967.
CRENSHAW J. L. Prophetic Conflict. Its Effect upon Israelite Religion, BZAW 124, 1971.
EICHRODT W. Ezekiel, London, 1970; ETr of Der Prophet Hesekiel, ATD xxiii/ 2, Göttingen, 1959, 1966.
GOTTWALD H. K. All the Kingdoms of the Earth. Israelite Prophecy and International Relations in the Ancient Near East, New York, 1964.
HAMMERSHAIME E. Some Aspects of Old Testament Prophecy from Isaiah to Malachi. Publications de la Société des Sciences et des Lettres d'Aarhus, Série de Théologie 4, 1966.
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W. Zimmerli, "'Zur Sprache Tritojesajas'", Gottes Offembarung. Gesammelte Aufsätze sum Alten Testament, Munich, 1963, pp. 217-33.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction- Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Study xiii
  • I- The Textual Transmission of the Old Testament 1
  • Bibliography 29
  • II- Semitic Philology and the Interpretation of the Old Testament 31
  • III- Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Their Bearing on the Old Testament 65
  • Bibliography 94
  • IV- Pentateuchal Problems 96
  • Bibliography 122
  • V- Old Testament Historiography 125
  • VI- Prophecy and the Prophetic Literature 163
  • Bibliography 187
  • VII- Apocalyptic 189
  • Bibliography 212
  • VIII- Wisdom 214
  • Bibliography 234
  • IX- The Psalms and Israelite Worship 238
  • Bibliography 272
  • X- The History of Israel in the Pre-Exilic Period 274
  • Bibliography 318
  • XI- The History of Israel in the Exilic and Post-Exilic Periods 320
  • Bibliography 349
  • XII- The History of Israelite Religion 351
  • Bibliography 383
  • XIII- The Theology and Interpretation of the Old Testament 385
  • Bibliography 414
  • Index of Authors 429
  • General Index 439
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