"This book has monumental stature. It is fresh and vivid. . . aflame with prophetic vision." —James Muilenburg
From the author of Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man, comes Abraham Heschel's 1962 masterpiece of Biblical scholarship, The Prophets.
Abraham J. Heschel's The Prophets, originally published in 1962, provides a unique opportunity for readers of the Old Testament, both Christian and Jewish, to gain fresh and deep knowledge of Israel’s prophetic movement. The book includes detailed examinations of the stories of the prophets Amos, Hosea, Isahiah, Micah, Jeremiah, as well as explorations of the theology and philosophy of pathos, the theory of ecstasy in modern religious scholarship, an excavation of the relationship between prophecy and psychosis, and a comparative view of prophets throughout the world. Heschel's project is excavate and examine the consciousness of the prophets: not just the content of their prophecies, but the type of faith-based experience they personified.
Heschel's exegetical skill and profound understanding of the prophets opens the door to new insight into the philosophy of religion - a wonderful text for anyone interested in the dialectic of the divine-human encounter.
Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972), born in Poland, moved to the United States in 1940. A professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Heschel became an active and well-known participant in the Civil Rights movement and the protests against the Vietnam War.
“This book has monumental stature. It is fresh and vivid…aflame with prophetic vision.” — James Muilenburg, scholar on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible
“A brilliant study of the Hebrew prophets, one of the most penetrating works…[of] our time.” — Will Herberg, Jewish theologian
"[The author] has here given us the fruits of his mature reflection and study. Moreover, since he writes with a lucid, engaging style, the result is a book that is not only important but is certain to be read widely, and with pleasure." — John Bright, American biblical scholar