Item description for Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel by Robert Wilson & R. L. Wilson...
Overview In this book Wilson attempts to achieve two goals. One, to present a fairly comprehensive survey of ancient and modern comparative evidence relevant to the study of biblical prophecy. He provides a study of recent anthropological studies on the subject without trying to relate it directly to the Israelite prophets. And second, to illustrate one way in which modern comparative material might be used to explore the problem of prophecy and society in Israel.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.83" Weight: 1.17 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1980
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800618149 ISBN13 9780800618148
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More About Robert Wilson & R. L. Wilson
Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at University College London.
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Good but Complex Feb 26, 2006
A scholarly and very insightful look at the socail context of prophecy in the Ancient Near East. The book develops categories and common aspects of the prophets in the Hebrew Scripture. However, the information is not very approachable nor is it a good beginning resource. The text is complex and makes heavy use of Hebrew and other terminology not in the venacular of most amateur students of the Bible vocabulary.
Important reading for prophets and current criticism. Feb 7, 2005
The paper back edition of Wilson's book makes a classic available to current students of the Old Testament prophets. Wilson brought increased attention to the school of social-science criticism with the publication of this volume. He applied the findings of modern anthropology, along with suggestions for a methodology, to the study of the Old Testament prophets. After a brief review of key contributions prior to his own work, Wilson suggests some guidelines for applying the results of current anthropological research to the study of the prophets. He examines some material on intermediation from modern (20th century) studies and then looks back at the ancient Near Eastern data in light of his conclusions. The remainder of the book studies the OT prophets in light of Wilson's conclusions from the anthropological data. The prophet's position as central or peripheral to their society is examined as well as the audience and prophet's function. Wilson sees a strong dichotomy between northern traditions (the Ephraimite tradition) and the southern Judah tradition as the basis of his work.
His work provides a penetrating review of the prophets of the Northern Kingdom and, although Wilson sees much in light of his own methodology, he raises some helpful questions, especially about how prophets reacted to their audience. His results, which often rest on less firm evidence, are then confirmed in light of his anthropological model. While Wilson's study is now dated (1980) it is still a valuable book for the study of prophecy and an important link in the development of the application of social-science criticism to the prophets.