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Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy
Meier, Samuel A.

Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009 pp. 240. $23.00


Description: We meet the prophets of Israel in our own time and in one place--Scripture. So it might seem odd to consider that they are not all the same, these voices from "back then." In fact, the prophets inhabited a time span of hundreds of years and faced events that on their own terms were more convulsive than our 9/11. They were not uniform in their language, their concerns, their personalities, their remedies or their visions of the future. In this book, Sam Meier explores some recurring themes and features--such as angels, writing, miracles, the future and kingmaking--all with an eye on their transformation over time. And the defining event in this transformation turns out to be the great convulsive event of the story of Israel, the defeat and exile of the kingdom of Judah. Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy is a book that goes beyond the standard introductions to the prophets. Yet it does so in a way that will inform and intrigue beginning students and anyone curious about the prophets of Israel.

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

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Review by Tyler Mayfield
Published 1/9/2010
Citation: Tyler Mayfield, review of Samuel A. Meier, Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


Review by David G. Firth
Published 5/3/2010
Citation: David G. Firth, review of Samuel A. Meier, Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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