Haggai and Malachi
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015 pp. xlvi + 126. $39.95
Wisdom Commentary, 39
Description: Reading Haggai and Malachi in conversation with feminist theory, rhetorical criticism, and masculinity studies reveals two communities in different degrees of crisis. The prophet Haggai successfully persuades a financially strapped people to rebuild the temple, but the speaker in Malachi faces sustained resistance to his arguments in favor of maintaining the priestly hierarchy. Both books describe conflicts among men based upon social class, and those who claim to speak for God find their claims and, with them, God's presumably unquestionable authority as the ultimate male contested.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Haggai, Malachi
Review by Hanna Tervanotko
Citation: Hanna Tervanotko, review of Stacy Davis, Haggai and Malachi, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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