Israel's Prophetic Tradition: Essays in Honour of Peter R. by Richard Coggins, Anthony Phillips, Michael Knibb

By Richard Coggins, Anthony Phillips, Michael Knibb

This winning quantity of essays via distinctive students not just makes a contribution to the research of previous testomony prophets but in addition summarizes scholarship in a manner really applicable to scholars, giving entry to fabric to be had differently in simple terms in different languages or in journals tough to procure.

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And so on. From all that has been said earlier, we might expect very varied answers in various cases but hardly any secure grounds for a clear differentiation between the prophets who were ' cultic' and those who were not, at any rate in the early period. Individual figures The prophetic figures of whom we have the names, and about whom the Old Testament provides more or less detailed biographical information, seem to have been specially remembered because they were all involved in affairs of state: it was their role in great matters of public concern that marked them off from the mass of other inspired persons, and with this fact we reach an irreducible minimum of historicity with respect to their life and careers.

Another consideration that requires emphasising, however, is that, although there are different patterns of prophetic behaviour, these are all to some degree stereotyped. A society needs to be able to recognise the divinely possessed person, and hence the Old Testament is aware of the problem of the criteria for ' true' prophecy, although this concern seems to be formulated only at a time later than the one under discussion here. One way in which the society achieves this objective is by comparing the behaviour of people in the past whom it recognises as divinely possessed with what is observed among people in the present.

Gunkel Das Marchen im Alten Testament (Tubingen, 1917). A. H. J. Gunneweg Leviten und Priester. Hauptlinien der Traditionsbildung und Geschichte des israelitisch-jiidischen Kultpersonals, FRLANT 89 (Gottingen, 1965). A. Haldar Associations of Cult Prophets among the Ancient Semites (Uppsala, 1945). R. Hallevy 'Man of God'JNES 17 (1958), 237-44. G. Hentschel Die Elijaerzdhlungen (Leipzig, 1977). S. Herrmann A History of Israel in Old Testament Times (London, 1975) (English translation of Geschichte Israels in alttestamentlicher Zeit (Munich, 1973).

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