The Prophets: Introducing Israel’s Prophetic Writings

Date: November 1, 2022

The breadth and depth of the writings of VTS faculty never ceases to amaze. Next Wednesday, November 2, 2022 you will have the opportunity to celebrate the book launch of The Prophets: Introducing Israel’s Prophetic Writings by Dr. Stephen Cook, Dr. John Strong, and Dr. Steven Tuell.

The prophets remain figures of enduring interest and importance in contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and even secular society. The Prophets introduces students to the rise of prophecy in ancient Israel, possible ancient Near Eastern parallels, the messages of individual prophets, and the significance of the compositional and editorial history of the prophetic writings. The book guides students into leading questions and issues in contemporary scholarship, and surveys different contemporary approaches to the messages of the prophets.

Part 1 introduces the prophets and prophecy in context. The rise of prophecy, the role of the prophet, key themes, and the fate of prophecy are explored. Part 2 profiles Israel’s prophets during the eighth century, the exile, and the post-exilic period. This section also looks at each book of the prophets and how the prophetic writings fit within the complete Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament. Additionally, these chapters provide insights into interpreting the prophetic writings today, including Jewish and Christian interpretations, prophecy and prediction, and the secular legacy of Israelite prophecy.

All are welcome to hear Yale University’s Dr. Robert Wilson review the book followed by a panel of all three authors briefly responding. The book launch is taking place at 9:30 am in Addison 101.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President 

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