An introduction to Old Testament prophecy offering an understanding of its basic principles, the background against which the prophets worked and the underlying ideal they took for granted. Mowvley explains the significance of the Word, the place of symbolic action and the meaning of such prophetic ideas as holiness and righteousness. The relationships between priest and prophet and between prophetic utterance and Wisdom literature are also brought out, so as to provide one of the best guides available to contemporary Biblical scholarship on prophecy and the prophets in the Old Testament.
Harry Mowvley trained for the Baptist ministry at Bristol Baptist College and Regent's Park College, Oxford. After serving as pastor in several congregations, he taught at Bristol Baptist College, where he became Vice-Principal. He was also Special Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Bristol.
Contents: I Prophetic Call and Inspiration 1. Prophecy in Israel and the Ancient Near East 2. The Lord's Spokesmen in Early Israel 3. Called to be a Prophet 4. The Hand, Spirit and Word of Yahweh 5. Prophetic Action and Popular Reaction II Proclamation and Preservation of the Word 6. Times and Places for Speaking 7. Shaping the Message 8. Interpreting the Traditions 9. The Fate of the Prophets' Words 10. From Spoken Word to Written Book III The Prophets and their Religious Contemporaries 11. Criticism and Condemnation of Worship 12. Prophets among the Temple Staff 13. Prophets and Wise Men 14. Towards Apocalyptic IV Prophetic Teaching 15. God's Holiness and Man's 16. Righteousness and Sin 17. Judgement, Wrath and Punishment 18. Repentance, Faith and Forgiveness 19. Hopes for the Future Notes Indices