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Meet the prophets : a beginner's guide to the books of the biblical prophets, their meaning then and now

Author: John W Miller
Publisher: New York : Paulist Press, ©1987.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Miller
ISBN: 0809128993 9780809128990
OCLC Number: 16091070
Description: viii, 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Section I: Getting acquainted with the prophets and their books --
Chapter 1: What prophetic books? What prophets? --
A. opening questions --
B. a provisional list --
C. the list we will study --
1. locale and date of each prophet --
2. summary sketch of prophets as a group --
Chapter 2. Historical setting of the prophets --
A. the importance of historical setting --
B. the Deuteronomic histories --
C. the story they tell --
D. the place of the prophets in this story --
Chapter 3: What is prophecy? --
A. inductive divinizing --
B. intuitive divinizing --
C. Israelite prophecy --
D. the God of the prophets --
1. name --
2. Character --
Chapter 4: A prophetic book: how to study it and why --
A. what is a prophetic book --
B. How to study these books --
C. Why study them? --
Section II: The prophets of the Assyrian period. Chapter 5: Amos of Tekoa --
A. the book as a whole --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. occupation --
3. where he lived --
4. lifestyle and theology --
5. prophetic call --
6. historical setting --
Chapter 6: His message and its relevance --
A. Message --
1. opening proclamation (1:3-2:16) --
(a) danger ahead! --
(b) why? --
(i) crimes of the neighboring kingdoms --
(ii) crimes of Israel --
2. the root of the problem --
(a) no justice --
(b) no uprightness --
3. the failure at the gate --
4. once again, why? --
(a) complacent theology --
(b) soporific worship --
(c) affluent lifestyle --
5. is there no hope? --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 7: Hosea, son of Beeri --
A. the book as a whole --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. his country --
3. occupation --
4. his town --
5. prophetic call --
6. historical setting --
Chapter 8: His message and its relevance --
A. message --
1. danger ahead! --
2. Why? --
(a) the heart of his critique --
(b) sexual promiscuity --
(c) violence --
(d) the failure of the priests --
3. hope for the future --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 9: Isaiah, son of Amoz --
A. the book as a whole --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. where he lived --
3. what he did --
4. prophetic call --
5. historical setting. Chapter 10: His message and its relevance --
A. message --
1. Yahweh's plan --
2. the reason for this plan --
(a) the sins of Jerusalem --
(b) a new leadership elite --
3. the political consequences of this plan --
4. the plan frustrated --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 11: Micah of Moresheth --
A. the book as a whole --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. where he lived --
3. occupation --
4. prophetic call --
5. historical setting --
Chapter 12: His message and its relevance --
A. Message --
1. disaster coming! --
2. why? --
(a) exploitative military officers --
(b) uncaring elders --
(c) compromised prophets --
b. ongoing relevance --
Section III: The prophets of the Babylonian and Persian periods --
Chapter 13: Between the times: Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah --
A. looking back --
B. what happened next? --
C. minor prophets of the seventh century --
1. Zephaniah --
2. Nahum --
3. Habakkuk --
4. Obadiah --
D. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 14: Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah --
A. the book as a whole --
1. the heading (1:1-3) --
2. Jer 25:1-13a --
3. Jer 36 --
4. the personal prose reports --
5. from original scroll to present book --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. religious background --
3. historical setting --
(a) spiritual apostasy --
(b) attempted reforms --
(c) the tragic end --
4. Jeremiah's prophetic call --
5. the man and his message. Chapter 15: His message and its relevance --
A. life and message --
1. before the Josiah reform (626-621) --
2. after the Josiah reform (621-609) --
3. the first four years of Jehoiakim's reign (609-604) --
4. after the scroll incident (604-598) --
5. the final fifteen years (600-685) --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 16: Ezekiel, son of Buzi --
A. the book as a whole --
B. the man behind the book --
1. name --
2. occupation --
3. background --
4. historical setting --
5. prophetic call --
Chapter 17: His message and its relevance --
A. message --
1. before the siege of Jerusalem --
(a) danger ahead! --
(b) why? --
(c) hope --
(d) Yahweh's sovereign purpose --
2. the final phase --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 18: Second Isaiah --
A. the book as a whole --
1. literary character --
2. organization --
B. the man behind the book --
1. prophetic call --
2. historical setting --
3. life situation --
Chapter 19: His message and its relevance --
A. message --
1. the core --
2. new things --
(a) concerning Cyrus --
(b) the oath sworn to David --
(c) the unfolding plan of God --
(i) first servant song --
(ii) second servant song --
(iii) third servant song --
(iv) fourth servant song --
B. ongoing relevance --
Chapter 20: The end of an era: third Isaiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Jonah --
A. Prophecy after 538 --
B. the most important post-exilic prophets --
1. third Isaiah --
2. Haggai and Zechariah --
3. Malachi --
4. after Malachi --
C. overview and relevance.
Responsibility: John W. Miller.

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