Interpreting the Prophetic Word: An Introduction to the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament

Interpreting the Prophetic Word: An Introduction to the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament

by Willem A. VanGemeren

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Overview

The diversity of prophetic voices in the Bible provides a message that is rich and variegated. But the variety of the testimony can be lost by limiting one's interpretations or application of the prophetic word. Interpreting the Prophetic Word helps readers understand the harmony of the voices that reveal God's purposes in redemptive history. Dr. Willem Van Gemeren explains clearly and fully the background of the prophetic tradition. He then interprets the message of the major and minor prophets, using historical context and literary form and structure as tools in his analysis. He concludes with an explanation of the relevance of the prophetic word today. Dr. Van Gemeren's extensive research and scholarship is presented in a readable way to unlock the door of prophecy for readers. He helps them to interpret prophecy and invites them to listen to the prophets and to lives the prophetic word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310211389
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/06/1996
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Willem Van Gemeren (Ph D, University of Wisconsin) is professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of a number of books, including Interpreting the Prophetic Word (Zondervan) and a commentary on Psalms in the Expositor's Bible Commentary series (Zondervan).

Table of Contents

Preface 13(5)
PART 1---THE PROPHETIC PHENOMENON IN ISRAEL
The Development of Prophetism
18(23)
The Prophetic Tradition
41(29)
Perspectives on Prophecy
70(34)
PART 2---THE MESSAGE OF THE MINOR PROPHETS
Hosea, Joel, and Amos
104(37)
Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah
141(20)
Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
161(21)
Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
182(30)
Summary of Prophetic Motifs
212(35)
PART 3---THE MESSAGE OF THE MAJOR PROPHETS
The Message of Isaiah
247(43)
The Message of Jeremiah
290(31)
The Message of Ezekiel and Daniel
321(33)
Living the Prophetic Word
354(37)
Abbreviations 391(9)
Appendix 400(12)
Selected Bibliography 412(25)
Notes 437(88)
Subject Index 525(7)
Scripture Index 532

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deusvitae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rigorous introduction to the prophets from a conservative Christian perspective that tries to make the best sense of the text in context and as it relates to Jesus and the Messiah.The author explores prophets and prophecy in general, the motifs of prophecy, the power of the prophetic word, along with discussions of each prophetic book. In explanation, the author places emphasis on the Twelve, addressing their meaning, themes, and motifs in greater detail than he does for Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The author does attempt to find room for premillennial interpretations of OT prophecies through the concept of multiple fulfillments; he still does note and explain, however, fulfillment in context and in Christ's first advent. Sometimes some of the themes and attempts to explain the coherency of the text seems forced. Nevertheless, on the whole, an excellent introduction, replete with notes.