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He current class through which this reading has been assigned however from the information provided it seems clear that Petersen focused his time on Form Criticism but also Redaction Criticism as well I will put this in the camp of strengths for the author considering that he seems to be able
focus in a criticism style that he wants to view the text through and then follow that plan As far as weaknesses are concerned it seems as though some of what I have considered here may be somewhat petty yet this writer still assumes that it is pertinent to the effort in nderstanding the book as a whole First it appears as though from the title alone this book is written as an introduction to prophetic literature I think it would be difficult to say this is introductory material Unless the student has a thorough knowledge of the texts that are being addressed as well as the history of the writing I think someone could get lost very easily The intended audience is never truly identified as far as I can remember from the text therefore it seems confusing to nderstand who this material would be introductory to Not only is the material very scholarly which is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself it is written with a very high form of language Although this is not inherently bad this writer felt as though he would be served well by keeping a dictionary handy while reading Just a handful of the words that were sed that in this writers opinion could have been defined clearly within the text or replaced by coherent words considering the introductory nature were Salient p xi prosaic p 28 Denkschrift p 78 obduracy p 78 jingoistic p 86 suffuses p 89 asseveration p 91 diptych p 104 pastiche p 124 cudgel p 134 coterminous p 215 and peripatetic p 227 This writer does not wish to plead ignorance in vocabulary however many of these words all of which I had to look Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand up in the dictionary could have been replaced by words that the introductory student wouldnderstand Further weaknesses to be discussed in the text are this writers opinion and not very scholarly and should therefore most likely be thrown out however I will add them here for the purposes of this review As I read through the book I found myself writing nasty little statements in my book as though I was Talking Back To The Author back to the author the text it seemed as though he sed a lot of inflammatory language to make his points As examples the book of Jeremiah offers ambiguous evidence p 97 Never was there a less successful prophet p 121 Jeremiah 32 borders on being incoherent p 131 Although these may actually be true statements it was a real turn off to read these kinds of comments throughout the book Considering these comments in conjunction with his constant view of authors borrowing form one another the potential inaccuracy of the authors and explanation of how texts were continually added to and changed for various reasons really gave me a negative view of the book overall I had to continually remind myself that he was not really writing a commentary on these prophetic books that put everything in context rather he was focusing on the language and literature of these works and drawing conclusions based pon that effort Regardless it is frustrating to read books like this when the concepts of inspiration and the supernatural aren t taken into consideration For this writer books that look at biblical literature from a well rounded perspective are easier to read and nderstand and provide better context for ministry Once again this probably isn t the scholarly analysis desired however it is my view of the book after my readings and reflection All in all the book is most likely seful if the point of the book is only to introduce a serious bible student to the language and literature of the Bible alone however if the point of the book is to deepen the knowledge and Leaders Eat Last understanding of the bible and how it isseful in ministry or application I doubt it is the best resource As one might gather from the title The Prophetic Literature An Introduction this volume was written to function as a textbook Indeed. 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Book Review The Prophetic Literature An IntroductionBy David L Petersen This volume is intended to introduce biblical prophetic literature With this clear beginning statement of the Preface David This volume is intended to introduce biblical prophetic literature With this clear beginning statement of the Preface David sets out his plan to introduce the serious bible student to the Bible from a literary point of view From The Title Alone One May Conclude That The Book the title alone one may conclude that the book about the literature of Old Testament prophecy rather than the prophets themselves It is his desire therefore to introduce the reader to the intricacies of the literature especially as it relates to literary manifestations including prose and poetry not necessarily the truth contained therein Petersen begins his work with a rather lengthy introduction From the first paragraph Petersen makes it clear to the reader that from his analysis of prophetic literature many problems exist As we will see throughout the text Petersen outlines many areas that cause him and certain other scholars who engage in such form criticism difficulty To assist the reader in La muralla verde understanding the context of the book Petersen defines prophetic literature as literature that attests to or grows out of the activity of Israel s prophets p 4 From this seemingly simple definition complexity is offered as Petersen explains that prophetic literature in his view is not just the prophecies themselves but any writings about the prophet by which the prophecy came whether written by himself or another poetry or prose Petersen goes on to explain in detail how the reader should view a prophet of Old Testament literature as well as the diversity in titles and roles that are found throughout Regardless of the diversity Petersen sees the one element common to all prophets p 7 in their functionality This functionality being in their role as intermediaries between the human and divine p 7 Beyond these pivotal definitions Petersen spends time on the historical setting of prophetic literature He explains that these intermediaries began their work at the time that Israel adopted statehood as its form of government p 8 and concluded their work around the time that Judah was destroyed Staying true to what appears to be form criticism Petersen goes on to elucidate on the social setting of Old Testament prophecy He explains that a common message for prophecy revolved around the fair treatment of those who in that time were most likely incapable of protecting themselvesRounding out his introduction Petersen deals with the Problems with Prophecy Prophetic Literature in the Ancient Near East Literary Perspectives and many other topics that he believes sets the stage to discuss introduce the prophetic Literature of the Old Testament It would behooves to overview at least Petersen s thoughts on literary perspectives since this seems to be a major focus throughout the book Although Petersen seems disappointed with categorizing prophetic literature into prose stories and poetry speeches he apparently finds the need to do so despite the challenges To help break down prophetic literature into these two nits or genres Petersen defines prose accounts through "seven separate but identifiable categories and poetry speech by its rules and features To Petersen " separate but identifiable categories and poetry speech by its rules and features To Petersen is certainly important to know how the literature is built in order to fully nderstand it Lastly in his introduction Petersen reviews Theological and Ethical Issues as it relates to the literature that was created by or about Old Testament prophets Simply put Petersen explains that prophetic literature was not created to be simply history rather it was created with theological intent With the introduction behind Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller us Petersen takes most of the rest of the book to delve into the Books of Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel and the twelve minor prophets as a singlenit With the three Major Prophets Petersen Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. 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David L. Petersen Æ 0 REVIEWUghout the chapters on both major and minor prophets Petersen ses references from other scholars to explain different perspectives on the literature however he also provides his own insights when it seems provides his own insights when it seems to do so Once again one focus that is ite apparent throughout the text of this prophetic language is the discussion of prose and poetry Petersen also seems to compare and contrast certain features of one prophet from another The Oswald Reflection uite often Petersen concludes his book outside of the Epilogue with a discussion of prophetic literature that is not contained in the prophetic books as what has previously been described This chapter discusses prophets and prophetic language that occurs throughout the Hebrew Bible Here he discusses in detail Moses who acted as a prophet as well as others such as Abraham Aaron Miriam Elijah and Elisha Petersen does draw some lines in the sand on whether or not some of these individuals should be considered prophets considering the typicalnderstanding of who a prophet is regardless he draws some interesting conclusions about these individuals and even some non Israelite prophets as well Petersen provides many scholarly opinions on why this prophetic literature exists and how it came to be Throughout this review only a brief overview has been provided on what the book discusses It seems appropriate then to ask whether or not the author accomplished the task he set out to accomplish as well as the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the book itself Opinions of the book itself aside for the time being I would say that the author accomplished what he set out to do In his Preface he outlined that his intent was to introduce biblical prophetic literature without focus on chronology or history of prophecy or prophetic literature He explains further in the Preface that the first chapter would be devoted to the nature of prophetic literature definitions of important terms the concept of prophecy as a diverse phenomenon and the genre of literature as in the forms of either poetry or prose It is The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard uite anndertaking to address each of these concepts in a single chapter however Petersen seems to give somewhat concise backing for each of the topics Further into the Preface Petersen explains that he will focus on four major biblical books Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel and the Book of the Twelve To focus in on these books he says that he will basically look at each book through three different sets of lenses These lenses being historical and social context literary features and theological issues however in the chapters of the book he seems to add oracles as one set of lenses he chooses to pear through even though he does not seem to mention this in the Preface Once again I believe that Petersen explains very clearly what he intends to accomplish and then systematically does so Regarding the strengths of the book I would say that the thing that stands out most in my mind is that he really does offer a pretty balanced point of view on most of the topics He is obviously very well read and seems to reference other scholars opinions and views than he provides his own at times It seemed at places that he was in essence writing a synopsis of the views that are held on Old Testament prophecy rather than a book of his own insights which one might expect Although one could certainly argue that this is a weakness of the book I would say that this style offers some degree of credibility considering how many ideas of different scholars were presented The next greatest strength that I see in the book is the structured and consistent format that he Quantum (Captain Chase used By breakingp the chapters into historical literary oracular and the structured and consistent format that he Introduction to Mythology used By breakingp the chapters into historical literary oracular and subheadings it made the book easier to anticipate and keep in context what was being discussed Further strengths of the book included his focus on other prophecies or prophets that were not contained in the books of the prophets per say The time that he spent on characters such as Moses Elisha and Elijah were some of the most interesting components to this writer The concepts of text criticism are new to this writer from Kes into account the major advances in current research as he examines both the literature of the latter prophets Isaiah Mala. .
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