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Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography


I was just alerted to a forthcoming book entitled, Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography, published by Eisenbrauns. This book  purports to explore the relationship of the prophetic phenomenon in ancient Israel as it intersects with Jewish historiography.  

The book includes contributions by 18 members of the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies, exploring a wide range of texts and issues. Though the primary focus of the work is on biblical literature, one of the chapters investigates the animal apocalypse (1 Enoch 83-90).

The chapter addressing the Book of the Twelve is authored by Grace Ko. I am otherwise unfamiliar with Ko’s work, but as the title seems to indicate (“The Ordering of the Twelve as Israel’s Historiography”), the order of the Twelve will be brought to bear on the issue of Jewish historiography.

This book intrigues me for a couples of reasons, the first of which is its contributors. Any monograph edited by Mark J. Boda can quickly be found towards the top of my wish list. His work on the Twelve, particularly Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, has been of the upmost help to my own research. I was able to briefly dialogue with Dr. Boda at ETS this year, and he proved himself to be a gracious and humble man. He has since pointed me to several monographs that he thought would be helpful in the study of the Twelve.

Another point of interest in this work is the question of prophecy and historiography itself, an area that is certainly in need of further work. Hopefully, this book will further our understanding in this field.

You can find the table of contents here.


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