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Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets [Paperback]

By Julia M. O'Brien (Author)
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The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God and to portray how to understand people in relation to God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortableGod as abusive husband, for instance, or as neglectful father. Julia OBrien searches the prophetic books for these metaphors, looking for ways that the different images intersect and build off each other. When confronted with disturbing metaphors, she deals with them unflinchingly, providing a sharp critique and evaluation of the interpretations of these metaphors for God. Giving particular attention to the possible uses of these metaphors in the church todayfor good or illOBrien listens to the fullness of the prophetic messages and points us toward new ways to read these theological metaphors for a just faith today.

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The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God and to portray people in relation to God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortable--God as abusive husband, for instance, or as neglectful father. Julia O'Brien searches the prophetic books for these metaphors, looking for ways in which the different images intersect and build off each other. When confronted with disturbing metaphors, she deals with them unflinchingly, providing a sharp critique and evaluation of the interpretations of these metaphors for God. Giving particular attention to the possible uses of these metaphors in the church today--for good or ill--O'Brien listens to the fullness of the prophetic messages and points us toward new ways to read these theological metaphors for a just faith today.

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Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets by Julia M. O'Brien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 05/05/2009 page 24


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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2008
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664229646  
ISBN13  9780664229641  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Julia M. O'Brien is Professor of Old Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary Chris Franke is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the College of St. Katherine in St. Paul, Minnesota

Julia M. O'Brien has an academic affiliation as follows - Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Julia M. O'Brien has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries
  2. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  3. Wisdom Commentary


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Beginning the Discussion  Mar 23, 2009
Many readers of the Bible feel frustrated by certain images of God, especially the metaphorical images employed in prophetic literature. These images include portrayals of God as an abusive husband, an authoritarian father, and an angry warrior. While the ultimate message of the prophets is as pertinent today as it was during the time of its composition, that message can be obscured by the images the prophets used to describe God. Some contemporary readers still use the violent language employed by the prophets to justify and perpetuate systems of violence and ideologies of oppression, making these very meaningful texts inaccessible or appalling to sensitive audiences. O'Brien confronts these metaphors in an open and honest way, challenging the traditional interpretations of these texts and inviting dialogue between all readers of the Bible in the hopes of beginning a discussion about new ways to experience God. Readers of the Bible who feel uncomfortable with certain images of God and the theologies they support will find validation in O'Brien's book. While O'Brien's book invites readers into a conversation about these important biblical texts, she does tell her readers that they shouldn't necessarily expect to resolve the dilemmas created by these images. As O'Brien proves, engaging in them is far more important, for readers could "find God not simply in the words of Scripture but instead in our wrestling with them."
 
Thought Provoking  Mar 17, 2009
I read this book for a seminary class and found it very thought provoking. I believe it is a valuable addition to my library and intend to use it for future study and reference.

O'Brien opens a space in which we can candidly look at metaphors used for God in the prophetic books of the bible. In my personal experience I have found that many people in my congregation are uncomfortable with some of the biblical images of a vengeful, punishing, and angry God. O'Brien confronts these images head on. She provides stimulating discussion about how the authors of prophetic books use metaphors such as warrior, husband and father to describe God. She gives us her own insight and provides a starting point for us to discuss our own.

Challenging the Prophetic Metaphor is written in easily accessible language. While I would recommend it to any and all university and seminary students and faculty, I would highly recommend it to anyone exploring the Bible. I especially want to invite all who have ever read scripture and found themselves saying "this is not the God I know" to give this book a try. You may find it a blessing on your journey.
 

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