Stulman and Kim have created a new and insightful strategy for reading prophetic literature--by understanding it as artful testimony to the wreckage of war and the ability to survive with hope. They distinguish between oral proclamation--trenchant truth-telling--and the “literarization of prophecy,” which offers hope to communities who have lived through crisis. The authors conceive the prophetic canon to include both disaster and survival literature. In rich dialogue with other scholarly work, this volume offers a valuable paradigm for relating Old Testament prophetic literature to the twenty-first century.
--David L. Petersen, Emory University
Hermeneutically sophisticated and beautifully written, this book is essential for literary critics, postcolonial readers, and all who engage the biblical prophets as a theological resource for our broken world.
--Carolyn J. Sharp, Yale Divinity School
Louis Stulman has long since established himself among our most daring and imaginative interpreters of prophetic tradition. Now, joined by Hyun Chul Paul Kim, he has provided a remarkable study of the prophetic script as a “literature of disaster and survival.” This is not one more dreary historical survey, of which we have more than enough. Rather this is a study of faithful, dynamic “meaning making” that moves readily into contemporeneity. These are among the most compelling words on the prophets I have ever read; and the riff on hope in Jeremiah is well worth the price of the book. This book will reignite interest in the prophets; readers will be very glad they have bothered with it. --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary