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Prophets of the Bible - Prep Questions for Exam #1 1. Wilson (in "Early Israelite Prophecy") describes prophetic phenomena in ancient Israel and in the ancient near east. (a) Describe two ways Israelite prophets resembled their ANE counterparts. (b) Given the characterization of prophets as "mad" in the Hebrew Bible, why did anyone listen to them? (c) Describe two examples of the forms of speech prophets often used and explain how knowing about such forms of speech helps us understand the prophets better. 2. The prophetic books are often described as "anthologies." a) Identify three types of literature that make up these books ( not the prophetic speech "forms" asked about in 1(c), but the different types of literature I noted in discussing Hosea 1, 2, and 3) and indicate what methods of joining them into literary units are evident. b) Summarize two evidences that Amos 7:10-17 were inserted by a redactor and two indications that v. 9 was created by the redactor as a link to the preceding vision. c) What is the likely reason Amos 7:10-17 were inserted there, and what likely motivated the redactor to include v. 9 as a bridge? 3. (a) Identify and explain two features of the work and themes of Amos and Hosea that differentiate them from each other. (b) Identify and explain two features of their work and/or their themes that are similar. (c) Specify three of Israel's cherished traditions Amos undermined and explain how he undermined them. 4. Amos 5:25 poses the following rhetorical question: "Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?" a) How can we explain Amos' notion that sacrifices were not offered in the wilderness, when the Torah says they were? b) What point of similarity exists between Amos' question and the period of Israel's history
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