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Elusive Prophet: The Prophet As a Historical Person, Literary Character, and Anonymous Artist (Johannes C De Moor) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2005) 9781589831964
Elusive Prophet: The Prophet As a Historical Person, Literary Character, and Anonymous Artist (Johannes C De Moor) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2005) 9781589831964
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Title: The Elusive Prophet: The Prophet As a Historical Person, Literary Character, and Anonymous Artist

Author: Moor, Johannes C De

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589831964

Volumes: 1; Pages: 276

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The Israelite prophets are often viewed alternatively as historical persons, as literary characters, or as anonymous artists. Whereas modern methods of literary analysis have brought the artistic qualities of the books of the Prophets increasingly into focus during the past century, various modes of deconstruction have made the historical prophets themselves an ever more elusive phenomenon. Passages in the Old Testament describing their work and experiences are not read as biography any longer but as literary fiction intended to picture the prophets as heroes of faith. The real "prophets" were the anonymous artists who were responsible for the final editing of the legacy of the historical prophets and who often used the authority of their predecessors to promulgate their own theological views. This volume brings together studies about this theme by members of the British and Dutch societies for Old Testament study. Attempts to recover some of the biographical data and authentic experiences of the prophets alternate with penetrating analyses of the theological depth and stylistic virtuosity of the prophetic books. The volume will be particularly useful to all those interested in the interpretation of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.
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