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Prophetic Literature: An Introduction [Paperback]

By David L. Petersen (Author)
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Respected scholar Petersen provides a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the prophetic literature. He takes into account the major advances in current research as he examines both the later prophets as well as the Hebrew texts that describe the work and words of Israel's prophets.

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Respected scholar David Petersen provides a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the prophetic literature. Petersen takes into account the major advances in current research as he examines both the literature of the latter prophets (Isaiah-Malachi) as well as the Hebrew texts that describe the work and words of Israel's earlier prophets (e.g., Elijah and Elisha in 1 & 2 Kings).

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664254535  
ISBN13  9780664254537  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David L. Petersen is Franklin N. Parker Professor of Old Testamentat Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Professor Petersen is a distinguished Old Testament scholar. His current research focuses on the book of Genesis and on prophetic literature. During 2004, Petersen served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Petersen has written, coauthored, or coedited a number of scholarly and popular books and articles. He was the senior Old Testament editor for "The New Interpreter's Bible."

David L. Petersen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Monograph Series - Society of Biblical Literature
  2. Old Testament Library
  3. Old Testatment Library

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An emphasis upon genre in the prophets  Dec 28, 2004
Petersen has written an interesting guide to the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible. The emphasis of this work, as the title clearly indicates, is on literature rather than the prophets themselves. A general overview of each prophetic book is provided but the author's major focus is upon literary units. With an emphasis on literature comes a de-emphasis on the author. Petersen's stress is upon genre, especially prose versus poetry. Literary analysis is used to determine suggestions about setting (e.g. laments), authorship, and message.

The author mentions key findings from critical schools in his discussion of each biblical book. The weight is given to form criticism followed by redaction criticism, tradition history and social-science criticism, all methodologies that result in the segmentation of the text. Though quite conversant with rhetorical features of the text the author places much less emphasis upon methods that often promote a greater textual unity like rhetorical criticism or canon criticism. For Petersen the focus of each book (Zion in Isaiah, lament in Jeremiah; glory in Ezekiel and the Day of the Lord as an emphasis in The Book of the Twelve) helps with the analysis of smaller units in a text that developed over time.

I recommend this book for any serious student of the prophets. It provides insight into current scholarly concerns about the growth of the Old Testament literature. The strength of the book is its focus on various genres in the prophets while much less will be gleaned about the prophets themselves. Petersen is very conversant with current scholarly trends and provides helpful summaries along the way.
A good introduction  Nov 30, 2004
Petersen gives a really good basic introduction to the Prophets and a great help in understanding the nature of prophetic literature. He also gives a basic overview of the major issues in each of the prophetic books (Isaiah thru Malachi). A very good reference.

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