The Production of Prophecy: Constructing Prophecy and Prophets in Yehud
Edelman, Diana V. and Ehud Ben Zvi, editors
London: Equinox, 2009 pp. x + 235. $32.95
Description: The editors have organized a long-term research program on Israel and the Production and Reception of Authoritative Books in the Persian and Hellenistic Periods at the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies. The first announced topic of enquiry was the construction of prophecy and prophetic books during the Persian period, for which dedicated sessions were held at the EABS meetings in 2006 and 2007. The present volume includes revised versions of the presentations made by Rainer Albertz, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Diana Edelman, Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Ernst Axel Knauf, Thomas C. Romer, and Rannfrid I. Thelle. The general image that emerges from the volume is that of biblical prophecy as a written phenomenon, though perhaps open to selected public readings. The relationship between prophetic and other authoritative written texts (e.g., the Book of Kings, the Deuteronomistic History) is explored, as well as the general social and ideological setting in which the prophetic books emerged. The volume deals with the construction of images of prophets of the past and relates them to the general construction of the past in Yehud. It includes both general, methodological and comparative contributions and studies on particular issues/books (e.g., Deutero-Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Jonah).
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature
Review by Bob Becking
Citation: Bob Becking, review of Diana V. Edelman and Ehud Ben Zvi, eds., The Production of Prophecy: Constructing Prophecy and Prophets in Yehud, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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