A Symposium on Old Testament Prophecy -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 43:0 (NA 2011)
Article: A Symposium on Old Testament Prophecy
Author: Anonymous


A Symposium on Old Testament Prophecy

Dr. Sam Meier, who teaches at Ohio State University and has served as an adjunct professor for Ashland Theological Seminary at its Columbus Center, recently produced an important book on Old Testament prophecy.1 It explores numerous prophetic themes, noting their development though the course of Israelite history. One topic, discussed in chapter 3, “Is the Future Determined?”, deals with what has become known as the openness of God, a topic familiar to this journal.2 Since that topic has both vocal opponents and proponents, and also because Meier’s volume is significant in its own right, we organized this “symposium” in which three leading Old Testament scholars could not only evaluate the book as a whole, but do so from across the spectrum of views on the openness question. Dr. Meier was then able to respond to his critics, developing his thought even further. We trust that this might be an example of iron sharpening iron, leading to a greater appreciation of the Bible and its Author.


1Samuel A. Meier, Themes and Transformations in Old Testament Prophecy (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009).

2E.g., Brenda B. Colijn, “Open Theism: Framing the Discussion,” Ashland Theological Journal 34 (2002), 55–65.

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