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Social world of the Hebrew prophets
Matthews, Victor Harold.
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[Peabody, Mass.] : Hendrickson, [2001]

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xi, 205 pages ; 24 cm
Historical geography -- Defining and describing the prophet -- Premonarchic prophetic activity -- Early monarchic prophets -- Elijah and Elisha -- The book of Amos -- The book of Hosea -- The book of Isaiah -- The book of Micah -- Prophetic voices of the late seventh century -- The book of Jeremiah -- The book of Ezekiel -- Postexilic prophecy -- The Hellenistic period and the book of Daniel.
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BS1505.2 .M355 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Social World of the Hebrew Prophets" is an introduction to the Hebrew Prophets and the social world of which they spoke. Matthews examines ancient Israel s prophets chronologically, providing sketches of their historical contexts. He explains pertinent aspects of historical geography, economic conditions, and social forces that influence a prophet s life and message. This analysis includes many of the images and metaphors a prophet used to communicate effectively. Thus, for example, the reader only skims the surface of a text without understanding what it meant to be a member of Tekoa s community of hill country farmers and herders, or what an exiled Levite from Anathoth experienced as a prophet in Jerusalem.

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Matthews (Southwest Missouri State Univ.) provides a general introduction to the prophets as mentioned in the Old Testament. Although the book purports to focus on the "social world" of the prophets, it actually conducts very little social analysis. It does contain a general introduction to the ancient Near Eastern context of Israel, brief notices of historical geography, and sporadic mention of prophecy in light of cognitive dissonance theory. Fundamentally the work paraphrases biblical texts concerning prophets in a conservative, introductory fashion, with critical biblical scholarship faintly echoing in the background. When the text turns to the OT prophetic books, thematic rather than social categories provide its organizational grid. The book usefully addresses its target audience of conservative Christian undergraduates and lay readers. Those, however, who desire a critical and more thorough analysis of the social world of the Hebrew prophets, even at an introductory level, will have to turn elsewhere. Recommended for undergraduates and general readers. J. W. Wright Point Loma Nazarene University