Since the 1990s there has been an emphasis on the study of ancient Israelite prophecy in its ancient Near East context.
Prophecy in the Ancient Near East is the first book-length study that compares prophecy in the ancient Near East by focusing on texts from Mari, the Neo-Assyrian State Archives, and the Hebrew Bible. The author analyzes prophecy in each culture independently before comparisons are made. This method demonstrates how prophecy is a part of the wider system of divination, but also shows where scholarship has unduly imported concepts found in one corpus to the other two. This method, for example, calls into question the supposed link between music and prophecy from the Hebrew Bible to the ancient Near East. This work provides an up-to-date analysis of ancient Near Eastern, including Israelite and Judean, prophecy to scholars and students alike.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in prophecy in Israel and the ancient Near East."
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, University of Aberdeen, Review of Biblical Literature
"The content of Jonathan Stökl’s book...testifies to the value of the book for the studies of prophecy in the ancient Near East."
Wojciech Pikor, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, The Biblical Annals
Jonathan Stökl, DPhil (2009) in Oriental Studies, Oxford University is a post-doctoral researcher on the ERC project ‘By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts’ at University College London.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
PART I. PROPHECY IN OLD BABYLONIAN SOURCES
Chapter 2. Introduction to Old Babylonian Prophecy
Chapter 3. Old Babylonian Prophets
Chapter 4. The Prophetic Message
Chapter 5. Further Aspects of Old Babylonian Prophecy
Chapter 6. Conclusions
PART II. PROPHECY IN NEO-ASSYRIAN SOURCES
Chapter 7. Introduction to Neo-Assyrian Prophecy
Chapter 8. Neo-Assyrian Prophets
Chapter 9. The Message
Chapter 10. Other Aspects of Neo-Assyrian Prophecy
Chapter 11. Conclusions
PART III. PROPHECY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Chapter 12. Introduction to Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible
Chapter 13. The Messengers
Chapter 14. Conclusions
PART IV. COMPARISON AND CONCLUSION
Chapter 15. Comparison of Old Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Biblical Prophecy
Chapter 16. Conclusions
Any scholar working on ancient Near East and biblical prophecy and divination.