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The Prophetic Books and Their Theological Witness [Paperback]

By Odil Hannes Steck (Author)
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Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2000
Publisher   Chalice Press
ISBN  0827229577  
EAN  9780827229570  

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"This whole work is rich with insights which derive from years of research by Steck and his colleagues, particularly on Isaiah, from which most examples come. Although the translation makes heavy reading in English, the book raises fundamental hermeneutical questions which no scholar should ignore."

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For many years, Odil Hannes Steck has been regarded as among the world's foremost authorities on the Hebrew Bible's prophetic tradition. In this first English translation of this work, Steck presents the results of his extensive and careful research.

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Hermeneutics and the prophetic literature  Mar 18, 2005
This is a work on the formation of the books of the prophets as understood from Steck's hermeneutic and illustrated mostly from the book of Isaiah.

Steck carefully argues for how exegesis should proceed with the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Steck's argument is to approach the books as a whole rather than dividing them into units for analysis. He objects to the more traditional process of initially dividing the text into small units for analysis. He argues that approaching the books as a whole is necessary to the process of exegesis. From the whole one sees the big picture from the last accepted hand. One examines the whole (even in association with its neighbors in the canon) to find clues (signals) about the overall construction of the book through time. Exegesis, then, moves back to individual units from an understanding of the whole but forward from the units to integrate the whole.

The strength of Steck's work is his emphasis upon taking prophetic books as a whole. Steck embraces the tools of historical criticism to find marks of later tradents but understands their reworking of the text as part of the interpretive process that produced the whole book. He accepts a real prophet behind the book, as a speaker, but as a vague entity. At best, one can possibly find the "personal profile of the prophet providing the name or, if necessary, even to anonymous prophets integrated into the book," 112. Steck also examines how his model of exegesis works out to inform the theological process today. Steck accepts the limits of the canon but never really explains why the process of an authoritative rereading ceased. The canon is seen as a later "boundary," "limit," or "restriction," in the history of tradition suggesting that we learn more from the prophets's method than their message. Not recommended for the uninitiated, the verbosity of the style will make this a difficult read for many though Steck repeats his arguments and makes helpful summaries throughout the

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