Although prophecy as a phenomenon is recognised as being common to Mari, Mesopotamia and other Near Eastern contexts, the huge process of collecting, editing and interpreting prophecy
that took place as part of the formation of the Hebrew Bible (HB), is virtually without precedent in the rest of the Ancient Near East. The prophetic books in the HB are written texts. They claim to be, and were considered to be, the word of YHWH. Beginning with an overview of the prophets and prophetic literature, including an explication of the different terms used for ‘prophet’ in the HB, this article focused on the different images for the prophets as used in the biblical tradition and particularly on, (1) the prophet as individual against the establishment, (2) the prophet as a false prophet and (3) the prophet as a true servant of Yahweh. It seems that most of the traditions in the HB concerning the prophets are not descriptions of the actuality of prophecy, but, rather, they reflect later perceptions of prophecy in the development of the tradition. Although they are
not entirely imagination, images of the prophets in the HB should not be taken as descriptions of
prophecy in Judah and Israel. The characterisations of the prophets are ideological constructs of the later tradents of the texts projected onto Israel’s and Judah’s past.
This article examines the manner and method of resistance against patriarchal power and
privilege. Two types of power are contrasted. One is the violent, war-like and hierarchical
power of an empire, and the other is the ...
Dannhauser, Estelle Henrietta(Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, 2008-09)
N T Wright's extensive research on the subject of the historical Jesus has led him to the conclusion that the office of eschatological prophet passionately bent on delivering an urgent eschatological message is best suited ...
Schart, A.(Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, 2004)
Different versions of the Sabbath law (Exodus 20:8-11; 23:12; 31:12-17; 34:21; 35:1-3; Leviticus 23:3; Deuteronomy 5:12-15) and several prophetic texts (Amos 6:1-7 - the name "Sabbath" is text-critically reconstructed in ...