"The Prophets" is widely recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship. Heschel attempts to understand the thoughts, feelings, and impressions ...Show synopsis"The Prophets" is widely recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship. Heschel attempts to understand the thoughts, feelings, and impressions of each of the prophets, presenting the reader with a sense of their very being. He effectively achieves a balance between the objective supernatural and the subjective human situation, and presents a unique discussion of Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk and their particular challenges and journeys. In the second part of the book, Heschel addresses such subjects as pathos, wrath, sympathy, ecstacy, psychosis, and prophetic and poetic inspiration, and in so doing offers a new contribution to the philosophy of religion. "The Prophets" is both scholarly and devotional, an indispensable part of an in-depth understanding of the Hebrew Bible.Hide synopsis
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This is one of the classic treatments of the Biblical prophets. It deals with the prophetic perception and presents chapters on the particular prophets. The insights are some that are not found elsewhere.
Not a book for general information on the lives of trhe Prophets which is what I was looking for. It is sort of a mixture of theosophy, philosophy, ethics and theological in- depth study .....more a book for someone in Divinity School. My customer rating and whether I would recommend to a friend depends on what the friend was looking for and what the intended purpose of the book was for that person. It is not easy reading.
I have used Heschel in class for more than 20 years. He is clear, insightful, and refreshing because of his rational approach to a very controversial issue: prophets, their message, and their relationship to G*d. Possibly the best rationale for a personal G*d presented in the genre of prophets and their message. I would recommend this work to all who desire a serious study of the Hebrew prophets.
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