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Sage, priest, prophet : religious and intellectual leadership in ancient Israel

Sage, priest, prophet : religious and intellectual leadership in ancient Israel

Author: Joseph Blenkinsopp
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, ©1995.
Series: Library of ancient Israel.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
"Blenkinsopp investigates three forms of biblical Israel's religious leadership, and examines 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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Blenkinsopp
ISBN: 0664219543 9780664219543 0664252931 9780664252939 0664226744 9780664226749
OCLC Number: 32013388
Description: xi, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Labels and roles --
The problem of sources --
The goal and point of the study --
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 --
The bad repute of the Israelite priesthood in the Modern Period --
Sources --
Early 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 --
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.
Series Title: Library of ancient Israel.
Responsibility: Joseph Blenkinsopp.


The sages, priests and prophets of ancient Israel were directly responsible for what we now call the Old Testament. This text looks at the character and development of these roles and how they  Read more...


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