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Enemies and Friends of the State

Ancient Prophecy in Context

Edited by Christopher A. Rollston

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$99.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-1-57506-764-3
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624 pages
6" × 9"
6 b&w illustrations
2018

Enemies and Friends of the State

Ancient Prophecy in Context

Edited by Christopher A. Rollston

Within the world of the Bible, prophets and prophetesses were sometimes ardent proponents of royal and priestly rhetoric and deeds, but they could also be powerful critics, speaking truth to power. Enemies and Friends of the State is a volume that plumbs the depths of the prophetic voices of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament Apocrypha, and the Greek New Testament, with more than twenty-five of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Biblical Studies contributing articles. The volume also includes articles on prophecy in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Syria, and Transjordan. In addition, articles at the beginning of the volume on the nature of the state and of prophecy help to provide a context for the discussion of prophecy both inside and outside ancient Israel, and an article at the conclusion of the volume discusses the views of Josephus and the Rabbis on prophecy. Because of the breadth and depth of this volume, it is certain to be the the standard treatment of this subject for a generation.

 

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Within the world of the Bible, prophets and prophetesses were sometimes ardent proponents of royal and priestly rhetoric and deeds, but they could also be powerful critics, speaking truth to power. Enemies and Friends of the State is a volume that plumbs the depths of the prophetic voices of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament Apocrypha, and the Greek New Testament, with more than twenty-five of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Biblical Studies contributing articles. The volume also includes articles on prophecy in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Syria, and Transjordan. In addition, articles at the beginning of the volume on the nature of the state and of prophecy help to provide a context for the discussion of prophecy both inside and outside ancient Israel, and an article at the conclusion of the volume discusses the views of Josephus and the Rabbis on prophecy. Because of the breadth and depth of this volume, it is certain to be the the standard treatment of this subject for a generation.

Christopher Rollston holds the MA and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies. He has published widely in the field of ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician, and Greek inscriptions as well as in the field of Biblical Studies. He is the editor of the journal Maarav and the co-editor (with Eric H. Cline) of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is currently Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University, department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

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