Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BBR 13:2 (2003) p. 275
Recent Work In The Prophets
The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. By David L. Petersen. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002. Pp. xii + 260. ISBN 0-664-25453-5. $29.95. Social World of the Hebrew Prophets. By Victor H. Matthews. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2001. Pp. xi + 205. ISBN 1-56563-417-9. $24.95. Reading Isaiah: Poetry and Vision. By Peter D. Quinn-Miscall. Louisville: West-minster John Knox, 2001. Pp. vii + 224. ISBN 0-664-22369-9. $20.95.
Isaiah 40-55: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. By Joseph Blenkinsopp. AB 19A. New York: Doubleday, 2000. Pp. xvii + 411. ISBN 0-385-49717-2. 45.00.
Isaiah 56-66: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. By Joseph Blenkinsopp. AB 19B. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Pp. xvi + 348. ISBN 0-385-50174-9. 45.00.
Der Prophet Hesekiel Ezechiel Kapitel 20-48. By Karl-Friedrich Pohlmann. ATD 22/2. Gottingen Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2001. Pp. xvi + 299-631. ISBN 3-525-51203-1. C 34.00.
Daniel. By C. L. Seow. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 200 . Pp. xiii + 198. ISBN 0-664-25675-9. $22.95.
Fresh, stimulating work in the OT prophets continues to appear. David Petersen’s Prophetic Literature offers readers a very helpful introduction. The first chapter introduces the literature and its origins, including the activity of Israel’s prophets. The following three chapters treat the three major prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, respectively. The next chapter treats the twelve minor prophets, and a concluding chapter considers prophetic literature outside the prophetic books. Some will find Petersen’s treatment of the minor prophets too cursory. Nevertheless, this clearly written and well-organized book makes a fine classroom text and is recommended.
Victor Matthews’s Social World of the Hebrew Prophets introduces students (and scholars as well) to the world in which the prophets lived and about which they spoke. Matthews brings to life the prophetic text by clarifying the significance of man social, economic, vocational, and political aspects presupposed by the prophetic oracles, aspects with which modern readers often are not acquainted. The value of the book is enhanced with a glossary and topical bibliography.
Peter Quinn-Miscall’s Reading Isaiah examines the poetic dimension of the book of Isaiah, which is dubbed “vision written” (p. 4). Quinn-Miscall offers a fresh reading that is not intended to be a conventional commentary. He says little about aut...
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