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Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  0830817689  
EAN  9780830817689  


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Unique, creative, violent, passionate, judgmental, spiritual, extreme. So were the prophets of the Old Testament. They lived through events far more dramatic than anything we, as modern Americans have seen. They watched massive armies march across the face of the globe, witnessed the fall and weaknesses of even the strongest rulers, they were not uniform, in speech, concern, or expression but together they were voice and conscience of God to the people of Israel. With a keen eye Sam Meier in Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy explores these and other themes, events, and the prophet's reactions to them in the Old Testament. In doing so, Meier powerfully brings the prophets, their context, and their personalities to life.

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We meet the prophets of Israel in our own time and in one place--Scripture. So it might seem odd to consider that they are not all the same, these voices from "back then." In fact, the prophets inhabited a time span of hundreds of years and faced events that on their own terms were more convulsive than our 9/11. They were not uniform in their language, their concerns, their personalities, their remedies or their visions of the future. In this book, Sam Meier explores some recurring themes and features--such as angels, writing, miracles, the future and kingmaking--all with an eye on their transformation over time. And the defining event in this transformation turns out to be the great convulsive event of the story of Israel, the defeat and exile of the kingdom of Judah. Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy is a book that goes beyond the standard introductions to the prophets. Yet it does so in a way that will inform and intrigue beginning students and anyone curious about the prophets of Israel.

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Brilliant & Impressive  May 24, 2009
This is an extraordinary book in many ways, not the least of which is the clarity of thought and economy of language. Meier not only instructs but exhibits the very gift of 'seeing' he finds unique to the pre-exilic prophets of the Bible. By that I mean, he makes visible to the ordinary eye what is seen but not 'seen'. He points out typically overlooked 'trees' in the Old Testament, so that the 'forest' can be seen anew.

This is the opinion of a layman; one for whom the vastness of the Bible necessitates grappling with the big picture to the detriment of significant details. I suspect this book will have a similar impact with Bible scholars and theological "experts". Meier exhibits a refreshing enthusiasm and boldness in piecing together a coherent framework that serves to untangle mystery. He obviously has some Sherlock Holmes in him.

I am greatly looking forward to seeing whose feathers are soonest ruffled by this work. I find no hint of an agenda in its writing and no forced conclusions which tips the hand of theological "ax-grinders". I will be very surprised, and frankly disappointed, if significant articles or interviews with Meier don't follow, from the 'elders' of the biblical/theological world.

Not that this necessarily reads as a theological work. I can well imagine this being greatly enjoyed by those wo take a more literary (read 'secular') approach to the Bible than I do. Meier makes significant use of an impressive array of serious biblical commentary throughout; thankfully footnoted to preserve its great readability. He not only has all the tools to do this job, but he appreciates on whose shoulders he stands.

I hope this book marks the beginning of a prolific writing career.
 

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