Description: A prophet in Biblical times was known as ‘The mouth of Yhwh’, and his pronouncements were free of any technical or divinatory practice, being based on the Law of Moses, and, like the law itself, written.
Stéphanie Anthonioz restores prophesying to its divinatory roots and explores the diversity of professional prophets in the ancient East. Studying the ancient Semitic prophetic sources reveals the construction and originality of specifically Biblical prophesying.
In this way, it stands apart from socio-religious and ancient cultural phenomena. And, as they were written down, prophesies could be reread and contextualized, hence becoming a ‘living’ word.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches
Review by Michael S. Moore
Citation: Michael S. Moore, review of Stéphanie Anthonioz, Le Prophétisme biblique: De l’idéal à la réalité, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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