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The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now
Ward-Lev, Nahum

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019 pp. xxvi + 235. $26.00

Description: In the face of current societal challenges, Nahum Ward-Lev mines Biblical wisdom to illumine a way forward. His book explores the rich territory of social change towards equity and widespread opportunity, as articulated by the Hebrew prophets and lived by Biblical persons. In engaging prose, Ward-Lev offers a fresh reading of familiar Biblical narratives, revealing the liberation themes in these stories. The book then examines the development of these Biblical liberation themes in contemporary prophetic writers including Paulo Freire, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Luther King, and bell hooks. This exploration of Biblical themes clarifies practices for the liberation journey, including prioritizing reciprocal relationships, engaging in dialogue, exercising social and artistic imagination, and nurturing a love ethic in public life. This book empowers readers of all faiths and backgrounds to view current challenges through a prophetic lens and take prophetic action.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Reception History

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Review by Scott Bayer
Published 6/11/2020
Citation: Scott Bayer, review of Nahum Ward-Lev, The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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