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The Books of the Twelve Prophets: Minor Prophets—Major Theologies
Fabry, Heinz-Josef, editor

Leuven: Peeters, 2018 pp. xxiv + 558. €105.00

Series Information
Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, 295


Description: [Most essays are in German] This anthology contains the latest research into the "Twelve Minor Prophets" of the Old Testament. This research is the product of numerous research groups operating internationally and each pursuing detailed questions about the "Twelve," such as how (or whether) the prophetic books make sense as a coherent group of texts, the structure of the books, and which motifs appear across the different texts. This volume presents the results of leading researchers and experts who pursue critical questions regarding the intertextual connections between the Minor Prophets, the Major Prophets, and the books of wisdom literature found in the Old Testament. Finally, the theological themes, social criticisms, views on the proper way of life, expectations about the messiah, and theodicy are all questions that are considered in these articles, as well as the reception of these themes in later literature, such as the Qumran texts, the New Testament, and rabbinical literature. The important, and even controversial, nature of the research on these themes reveals a striking debate about the power of God in the books of the Minor Prophets. Contributors include Ibolya Balla, Eberhard Bons, Oliver Dyma, Heinz-Josef Fabry, Imtraud Fischer, Judith Gärtner, Harm van Grol, Alfonso Gronewald, Peter B. Hartog, Pierre van Hecke, Alberdina Houtman, Ma. Marciel S. Ibita, Rainer Kessler, Stefan Koch, Jutta Krispenz, Peter Machinist, Aristide Sirikivuya Mumbere, James D. Nogalski, Alexander Rofé, Donatella Scaiola, Aaron Schart, Eben Scheffler, Barbara Schlenke, Franz Xaver Sedlmeier, Andrea Spans, Helmut Utzschneider, Adri van der Wal, Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen, and Burkard M. Zapff,

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Theological Approaches, Reception History

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Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
Published 8/15/2019
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Heinz-Josef Fabry, ed., The Books of the Twelve Prophets: Minor Prophets—Major Theologies, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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