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Title: Prophecy and Discernment
Author: Moberly, R W L
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521859929
Volumes: 1; Pages: 290
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If people claim to speak for God, what enables us to know when to credit or discredit the claim? This book analyses the criteria for discernment of prophetic authenticity in the Old Testament, and for discernment of apostolic authenticity in the New Testament; and also considers their validity and viability in a contemporary context. After explaining the biblical concept of prophetic and apostolic speech on God's behalf, Moberly offers close readings of the biblical text so as to bring to life the distinctive voices, especially those of Jeremiah and St Paul, which speak of critical discernment. He addresses contemporary difficulties with the whole idea that humans might speak for God and analyses the nature of authentic spirituality. Throughout the discussion the premise is that the biblical treatment of discernment illuminates the fundamental human issue of the need to know who may be trusted and why.ContentsPreface1. What is a prophecy, and can it be validated?2. Jeremiah: the formulation of criteria for discernment of prophetic authenticity3. Micaiah ben Imlah: the costs of authenticity and discernment4. Elisha and Balaam: the enabling and disabling discernment5. John: God's incarnate love as key to discernment6. Paul: cruciformity and the discernment of apostolic authenticity7. Prophecy and discernment today?