Following the Hebrew canon, the author offers a basic introduction, which includes critical issues such as authorship, unity, dates of composition and revision, and structure. Drawing upon current scholarship, Dr. Nogalski shows how these issues are relevant to the theological themes and movements that help characterize the text and hold meaning for us.
The last decades have seen many changes when it comes to the study of the four Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the book of the Twelve). Among others, these changes have identified a greater role for the prophetic scroll – not merely the prophetic character – as a vehicle for conveying the prophetic message. Nogalski’s introduction to the prophets invites modern readers to hear these scrolls through the processes that shaped them, to recognize the thematic threads that traverse them, and to react to the words that confront religious and ethical complacency, that speak truth to power, and that offer hope to the oppressed.
Each chapter will include a brief bibliography for further reading and discussion questions to help students focus on key concepts.
“James Noglaski is a master interpreter of the prophets of ancient Israel. Here he brings his long years of study to accessible summation. While Nogalski is alert to questions of canonical study, his primary interest is in the meat and potatoes of historical critical data. Over half the book reflects on the complex material of the Twelve, a special preoccupation of the author. This book will be a valuable pedagogical resource to induct students into the rich material essential to understanding the prophetic tradition of the Old Testament.”
—Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
“James Nogalski’s years of experience with the compositional study of the prophetic writings shine through as he provides an extremely useful guide to how the prophetic scrolls were put together, how they work as compositions, and what each now contributes to the larger meaning of the prophetic corpus on the whole and as a whole. Ideally suited for the classroom (and complete with glossary and discussion questions), the book introduces the historical, literary, and thematic basics for reading the prophets. But the result is an especially welcome invitation for both students and scholars to a more fully orbed exploration of the often unwieldy and unfinalized relationships among the prophetic books as individual writings and as parts of meaningful larger compositions.”
—Brad E. Kelle, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA