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Meet the Prophets : A Beginner's Guide to the Books of the Biblical Prophets

Meet the Prophets : A Beginner's Guide to the Books of the Biblical Prophets - 87 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809128990

ISBN13: 978-0809128990
ISBN10: 0809128993
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 87
Publisher: Paulist Press
Published: 1987
International: No

List price: $19.95

Meet the Prophets : A Beginner's Guide to the Books of the Biblical Prophets - 87 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809128990

John W. Miller

ISBN13: 978-0809128990
ISBN10: 0809128993
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 87
Publisher: Paulist Press

Published: 1987
International: No
Summary

A carefully organized, step by step introduction to the books of the biblical prophets, the men behind them, their message, and its relevance for today.

Table of 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 prophes 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. Prophetidc 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?
(c) 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 hear 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 Amos

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 lilved
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. Obahiah

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 phrase

B. Ongoing relevance

Chapter 18 Second Isaiah

A. The book as a whole

1. Literary character
2. Organization
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

Study Resources

A. Translations
B. Maps
C. Histories, Introductions, Commentaries

Index

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