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Eighth Century Prophets: A Social Analysis [Paperback]

By D. N. Premnath (Author)
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Pages   242
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2003
Publisher   Chalice Press
ISBN  0827208170  
EAN  9780827208179  

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"Premnath is able to reflect on the socioeconomic practices in eighth-century Israel in a way that greatly illuminates the texts of the prophets. While Premnath stays very close to sociohistorical realities, the book is, moreover, a rich and suggestive hint about how to think differently about current pressures to move toward globalization and the concentration of wealth and power in ways that override human community in its deep vulnerability."

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In this powerful sociological introduction, D. N. Premnath brings together the social reality of eighth century B.C.E. Israel and Judah and the prophetic oracles of Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah to explore the significance of their prophetic message and vision in today's context. He focuses on various dimensions of land accumulation by the upper class and the effect on the poor. Premnath uniquely uses a systemic sociological approach, incorporating both comparative and historical data, to reconstruct the social reality of the period and to reveal aspects of the oracles not covered by previous exegesis. The sociohistorical section will be of keen interest to students as well as to scholars.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! D. N. Premnath is academic dean and associate professor of biblical studies at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, New York.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
A great book  Mar 18, 2005
My mom gave me this book to read while I was in the hospital; better than anything that I would've watched on TV. The book used a lot of Hebrew words that I didn't understand but since I was in a hospital, many of the doctors could explain them to me. Thanks,
A window into the eighth century prophets.  Dec 2, 2004
DN Premnath has collected and isolated a significant amount of material relating to eighth century Israel and the prophets assigned to that period by modern scholarship.

Premnath's book is divided into two main sections. He begins with a discussion of the social and economic climate of Israel leading up to and including the eight century B.C. The focus of the first part (chapters 1-3) is upon the land of Israel. Included is a discussion of land ownership, political control, and economic production, most of which is centered in land ownership and land productivity. The second part of the book is an analysis of specific passages from the eighth century prophets (Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah). Short passages are discussed for their contribution to the topic of land development, ownership, and control. Premnath accentuates the tension that grew between the rich and the poor during this time. Some repetition occurs with the first section to the degree that it participates in the broader discussion of the first section.

The author's analysis is interesting, helpful at times, but narrowly focused and shaped by sociological perspectives. While influenced by minimalists like R. B. Coote his own study emphasizes a fair amount of the historical perspective from the eighth century prophets. Where comparative material from archaeology is found the book resembles the work of Philip King's on Amos, Hosea, and Micah.

Premnath's penchant for assuming context that favors his position shows in his comments on various passages. For example, the audience of Amos 4:1-3 is the women of Samaria, who Premnath assumes to be wives of the court officials that are then identified as "wealthy large estate owners, and merchants," 141. For a book subtitled a "Social Analysis," there is need for more balance of discussion about society as a whole. The tension stresses is between the royal, upper class, landed elite and the peasant poor. Passages that shift some of the responsibility to the people are not included in this study (Hosea 4; Amos 3:1-8; 7:8). Even the basic assumption that one can separate such a social analysis from the religious side of life in ancient Israel is presumtive.

Yet, even with the need for a more thorough discussion of context the book collects a significant amount of data from the history of ancient Israel and from the eighth century prophets. Though not an introduction to the prophets the book is recommended for students of the prophets that want a concentrated look at one aspect of the challenges offered by these prophets to their people.

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