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Claude Mariottini on Women Prophets in the Hebrew Bible

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When we think of Israel’s prophets we often envision the great men of old who spoke on behalf of Yahweh. Yet often overlooked are the women in the Hebrew Bible designated prophetesses. Dr. Claude Mariottini has begun a series looking at the prophetess Huldah (2 Kings 22), first surveying female prophets as a whole in the Hebrew Bible (See here). Overall, Dr. Mariottini provides a good introduction, though I have reservations about various conclusions (eg. Isaiah’s wife as one of disciples). Though the Hebrew Bible largely presents the prophets as male, students would do well to remember the brave and faithful women that served served Israel as agents of Yahweh.

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Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography

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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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Lots of Free Old Testament Lectures

Rusty Osborne, co-founder of the OT blog Law, Prophets & Writings, has compiled a list of free Old Testament courses on Itunes U. If you are unfamiliar with Itunes U, it is a resource  by Apple, providing access to higher education classes free of charge. The number of academic institutions represented is staggering, as is the range of material available. These resources can be downloaded from Itunes U via the Iphone/Ipod app, or simply downloaded through itunes on a computer.

These Old Testament lectures originate from different university/seminary contexts, but afford one an in depth look into the various parts of the Hebrew Bible. Of particular interest here are the courses on Book of the Twelve by scholars such as Richard Pratt, John Goldingay, and David L. Talley. I have listened to most of Dr. Pratt’s lectures previously, finding them to be rather helpful.

Thanks to Rusty for compiling this list.

HT: Charles Halton

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