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Introduction to the Prophets
Redditt, Paul L.

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2008 pp. xv + 404. $26.00


Description: Writing in a conversational rather than a scholarly tone, Paul Redditt assumes little or no prior knowledge of the Old Testament as he presents and introduces the Major and Minor Prophets in the canonical order of the English Bible. The chapters of Redditt’s Introduction to the Prophets discuss the place of each book in the canon; the literary setting of each book; their structure, integrity, and authorship; the main genre(s) in each; special features of each book; basic emphases of each book; and problems — theological, literary, or historical — raised by a study of the book. Among other things, Redditt demonstrates that the prophets were both “foretellers” and “forthtellers,” and he argues that the Old Testament prophets developed the concept of monotheism. Each chapter ends with questions for further reflection. Concluding the volume are a helpful glossary and several indexes.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature

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Review by Timothy Sandoval
Published 2/3/2010
Citation: Timothy Sandoval, review of Paul L. Redditt, Introduction to the Prophets, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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