Prophecy and Prophets in Stories

Papers Read at the Fifth Meeting of the Edinburgh Prophecy Network, Utrecht, October 2013


The fifth meeting of the Edinburgh prophecy network focussed on the presence of prophets and prophecy in narrative texts. The papers in this volume scrutinize the image of prophecy through the analysis of narrative processes. The papers deal with a great time span: from the Hittite Empire, via the Hebrew Bible, Judaism and Islam, up to the early Modern Period. Although all sorts of variations could be detected - especially due to the variety of temporal contexts, some features are recurring especially in view of the anthropological phenomenon of prophecy and its function in narratives.

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Bob Becking, Ph.D. (1985) in Theology, Utrecht University, is Ordinary Professor of Old Testament Study at Utrecht University. He is the author of Nahum (Verklaring van een Bijbelgedeelte) (1987); The Fall of Samaria: An Historical and Archaeological Study (SHANE 2, 1992); Between Fear and Freedom: Essays on the Interpretation of Jeremiah 30-31 (OTS 51, 2004); From David to Gelaiah: The Book of Kings as Story and History (2007); Ezra, Nehemiah, and the construction of early Jewish Identity (2011).

Hans M. Barstad, Dr. theol. Oslo, DD Edinburgh. Professor Old Testament Univ. Oslo 1986-2005. Professor of Hebrew and Ols Testament Studies, The University of Edinburgh 2006-2013. Professor Emeritus 2014. Main research interests are text and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible; theory and method of exegesis; Hebrew prophecy and ancient Israelite history in the light of ancient Near Eastern parallels.
All those interested in the interpretation of texts from the Hebrew Bible and in the phenomenon of prophecy.
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