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Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophets
Chalmers, Aaron

Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015 pp. xiv + 173. $20.00

Description: The prophetic books are some of the most captivating and fascinating texts of the Old Testament, but they are also some of the most misunderstood. Interpreting the Prophets equips the reader with the knowledge and skills they need to interpret the Prophets in a faithful and accurate fashion. Beginning with the nature of the prophetic role and prophetic books in Israel, Old Testament scholar Aaron Chalmers leads the reader through the various "worlds" of Israel's prophets—historical, social, theological and rhetorical— providing the basic contextual and background information needed both for sound and sensible exegesis, and for sensitive interpretation and application for today. He concludes with a helpful chapter giving guidelines for preaching from the Prophets—including advice on choosing the texts, making appropriate analogies, and the potential problems and common pitfalls to avoid.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Samuel Hildebrandt
Published 7/6/2017
Citation: Samuel Hildebrandt, review of Aaron Chalmers, Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophets, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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