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Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel

Author: 
Robert R. Wilson (Author)
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Description

Using comparative anthropology to get at the social dimensions of prophetic activity, Robert Wilson's study brings the study of Isrealite prophecy to a new level. Looking at both modern societies and Ancient Near Eastern ones, Wilson sketches the nature of prophetic activity, its social location, and its social functions. He then shows how these features appear in Israelite prophecy and sketches a history of prophecy in Israel.
ISBN: 
9780800618148
Price: 
$29.00
Release date: 
February 1, 1980
Pages: 
336
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"With this book, Robert R. Wilson establishes himself as a central contributor to the study of the prophets. His book will surely become a standard point of reference for subsequent work. Wilson reflects a major move in methods and perspectives now being made in Old Testament studies, a move which seeks to go beyond the American and the German syntheses of the last generation."
— Walter Brueggemann, Interpretation

"Competent histories of Israelite prophecy are rare enough; histories which tackle responsibly the social realia of the phenomena under discussion are rarer still. Wilson's book is just such a doubly rare, and excellent contribution; one which replaces earlier, and hitherto standard, tomes."
— David L. Petersen, Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations

  1. Prophecy and Society in Old Testament Research

  2. An Introduction to the Problem
    Prophecy and Society in the Study of Israelite Religion
    Prophecy and Society in Form-critical Study
    The Implications of Prior Research
    Prophecy and Society: A Cross-disciplinary Approach

  3. Prophecy in Modern Societies

  4. The Problem of Terminology
    The Social Prerequisites of Intermediation
    The Mechanisms of intermediation
    The Making of an Intermediary
    The Behavioral Characteristics of Intermediaries
    The Social Functions of Intermediation
    Conclusions

  5. Prophecy in the Ancient Near East

  6. Prophecy in Mesopotamia
    Prophecy in Egypt
    Prophecy in Palestine and Syria
    Prophecy and Society in the Ancient Near East

  7. Prophecy in Israel: The Ephraimite Tradition

  8. Characteristic Speech in the Ephraimite Tradition
    The Beginning of the Ephraimite Tradition
    The Deuteronomic Tradition
    Writing Prophets in the Ephraimite Tradition
    Conclusions

  9. Prophecy in Israel: The Judean Traditions


  10. Characteristic Speech in the Judean Traditions
    The Beginning of the Judean Traditions: Gad and Nathan
    Preexilic Writing Prophets in the Judean Traditions
    Exilic and Postexilic Writing Prophets in the Judean Traditions
    Judean Prophecy and the Chronicler
    Conclusions

  11. Toward a History of Prophecy in Israel


  12. The Origins of Israelite Prophecy
    The Development of the Prophetic Traditions
    The Mixing of the Traditions
    The Decline of Prophecy and the Rise of Apocalyptic

    Select Bibliography
    Index