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Sage, Priest and Prophet: Religious and Intellectual Leadership in Ancient Israel (Joseph Blenkinsopp) Paperback Book, (Westminster John Knox, 1995) 9780664226749
Sage, Priest and Prophet: Religious and Intellectual Leadership in Ancient Israel (Joseph Blenkinsopp) Paperback Book, (Westminster John Knox, 1995) 9780664226749
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Title: Sage, Priest and Prophet: Religious and Intellectual Leadership in Ancient Israel

Author: Blenkinsopp, Joseph

Publisher: Westminster John Knox; Publication Date: 1995

Paperback; ISBN: 9780664226749

Volumes: 1; Pages: 191

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Joseph Blenkinsopp investigates three forms of biblical Israel's intellectual and religious leadership: the sage, the priest, and the prophet. The people who occupied these roles were directly responsible for what has appeared in the Old Testament texts. Blenkinsopp looks at the development and character of these roles and how they functioned in their particular time and place. Based on sociological insights regarding role theory and audience expectations, the book demonstrates how Israel's prophets, priests, and sages represented their own traditions while responding to the political and professional pressures of their unique situations. These persons were responsible for the intellectual leadership of Israel and of formative Judaism, including matters of religion as well as the wider culture. This investigation will lead to a keener understanding of the literature of the Old Testament and the society in which it evolved. It will also shed light on how certain religious traditions originated and how they have developed.ContentsForeword Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction 1 The Sage The Intellectual Tradition in Israel and Its Representatives The Idea of Tradition Ben Sira: Profile of a Jewish Intellectual in the Hellenistic Period Once Again, the Question of Sources Beginnings: Creating a Moral Consensus Writing in the Service of the State System The Social and Moral World of the Sages at the Time of Hezekiah Scribes and Lawyers Feminine Wisdom: The Return of the Repressed The Impact of Events on the Tradition The Job Debate: Protagonists, Issues, Outcome Qoheleth: Undermining the Tradition from Within Some Provisional Conclusions 2 The Priest The Bad Repute of the Israelite Priesthood in the Modern Period SourcesEarly Stages The Roles of the Priest Zadok, Aaron, Levi The Priesthood of the Second Temple Priests and Levites Professional Training for the Priesthood Creation and Distinction: The Making of a Conceptual Scheme The Temporal Axis: Chronology and History in P The Spatial Axis: Earth, Land, Temple Some Provisional Conclusions 3 The Prophet The Definitional Problem Sources for the Study of Israelite Prophecy Prophetic Role Labels Prophecy in its Social Setting: The Earliest Stage Individual Figures Communal Prophecy Prophets under the State System: Continuity and Discontinuity A New Kind of Intellectual Leadership? The Social Situation That Generated Protest and Dissent The Substance of Dissent From Dissidence to Official Recognition The Deuteronomic Program Deuteronomy and Beyond Conclusion Notes Suggestions for Further Reading Index of Ancient Sources Index of Selected Subjects
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