Prophets and Amos

Prophets and Amos - Hebrew Prophecy The intent of the genre...

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Hebrew Prophecy The intent of the genre of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible was not primarily to predict the future but rather to address specific social, political, and religious circumstances in Prophets in the Bible were primarily forthtellers rather than foretellers, proclaimers, messengers, or “preachers” rather than predictors. Prophets do talk about the future, but the immediate future was their primary concern. Their pronouncements about the future were not so much predictions as threats. The prophets were critics of their societies, condemning religious and social practices and institutions of their times. They cannot, therefore, be understood apart from their individual and cultural settings. -McKenzie, How to Read the Bible Nabi Term used most often in reference to Hebrew prophets in the Old Testament Suggested meaning “to call” or “to be called”; thus a nabi was “one called by YHWH to speak for YHWH” What is a prophet? Their message was nothing new, but was based on the ancient covenant traditions of
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BIB 20483 taught by Professor Mahaffey during the Spring '08 term at Miss. College.

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Prophets and Amos - Hebrew Prophecy The intent of the genre...

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