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The Twelve Prophets (Vol. 2): Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (Berit Olam series) [Hardcover]

By Marvin A. Sweeney (Author)
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This multi-volume commentary reflects a relatively new development in biblical studies. The readings of the books of the Hebrew Bible offered here all focus on the final form of the texts, approaching them as literary works, recognizing that the craft of poetry and storytelling that the ancient Hebrew world provided can be found in them and that their truth can be better appreciated with a fuller understanding of that art. As they have for centuries, people still turn to the Hebrew Bible to hear afresh the life-giving words of God's everlasting convenant. Berit Olam ("The Everlasting Covenant"): Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry brings to all interested in the Bible, be they lay people, professional biblical scholars, students, or religious educators, the latest developments in the literary analysis of these ancient texts.

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There is generally no common material that binds together the works of the individual prophets that comprise the Twelve, but through Sweeney's commentary they stand together as a single, clearly defined book among the other prophetic books of the Bible.

The Book of the Twelve Prophets is a multifaceted literary composition that functions simultaneously in al Jewish and Christian versions of the Bible as a single prophetic book and as a collection of twelve individual prophetic books. Each of the twelve individual books - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi - begins with its own narrative introduction that identifies the prophet and provides details concerning the historical setting and literary characteristics. In this manner each book is clearly distinguished from the others within the overall framework of the Twelve.

By employing a combination of literary methodologies, such as reader response criticism, canonical criticism, and structural form criticism, Sweeney establishes the literary structure of the Book of the Twelve as a whole, and of each book with their respective ideological or theological perspectives. An introductory chapter orients readers to questions posed by reading the Book of the Twelve as a coherent piece of literature and to a literary overview of the Twelve. Sweeney then treats each of the twelve individual prophetic books in the order of the Masoretic canon, providing a discussion of each one's structure, theme, and outlook. This is followed by a detailed literary discussion of the textual units that comprise the book.

"Marvin A. Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at the school of theology at Claremont and professor of religion at the Claremont Graduate School."

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Liturgical Press
Running Time: 29.00 minutes
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.35" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.55"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Age  21-6
Edition  General  
Series  Berit Olam  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  0814650910  
ISBN13  9780814650912  


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More About Marvin A. Sweeney


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marvin A. Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology and professor of Tanak (Bible) at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. His previous books include the FOTL volume on Isaiah 1 39 and Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible.
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Marvin A. Sweeney was born in 1953 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Claremont Graduate University.

Marvin A. Sweeney has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant): Studies In Hebrew Narrati
  2. Forms of the Old Testament Literature
  3. Interpreting Biblical Texts


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Outstanding  Oct 10, 2006
I have accumulated a couple of shelves full of books on the Minor Prophets. So when I find a work that provides insights that I haven't gleened from other commentaries I get excited, this book does exactly that. It is easy to read. It is not the first book on the Minor Prophets I would recommend, but if you already have a couple of good commentaries on the Minor Prophets, and you want something fresh, consider this volume.
 

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