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Israelite Prophecy and the Deuteronomistic History: Portrait, Reality, and the Formation of a History
Mignon R. Jacobs, Raymond F. Jr. Person
AIL 14
Publication Date
November 2013


This collection of essays examines the relationship of prophecy to the Deuteronomistic History (Deuteronomy–2 Kings), including the historical reality of prophecy that stands behind the text and the portrayal of prophecy within the literature itself. The contributors use a number of perspectives to explore the varieties of intermediation and the cultic setting of prophecy in the ancient Near East; the portrayal of prophecy in pentateuchal traditions, pre-Deuteronomistic sources, and other Near Eastern literature; the diverse perspectives reflected within the Deuteronomistic History; and the possible Persian period setting for the final form of the Deuteronomistic History. Together the collection represents the current state of an important, ongoing discussion.

The contributors are Ehud Ben Zvi, Diana Edelman, Mignon R. Jacobs, Mark Leuchter, Martti Nissinen, Mark O’Brien, Raymond F. Person Jr., Thomas C. Römer, Marvin A. Sweeney, and Rannfrid Thelle.

Mignon R. Jacobs is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Conceptual Coherence of the Book of Micah (Sheffield Academic) and Gender, Power, and Persuasion: The Genesis Narratives and Contemporary Portraits (Baker).

Raymond F. Person, Jr. is Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University. His books include The Deuteronomic School: History, Social Setting, and Literature and The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles: Scribal Works in an Oral World (both from Society of Biblical Literature).

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