Tradition and Innovation in Haggai and Zechariah 1-8

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 1, 1993 - Religion - 272 pages
The prophets Haggai and Zechariah, near contemporaries, were active at a critical period in Israel's history. The recently restored Jerusalem community had come through national downfall and exile. Its religious and sociopolitical identity in the Persian Empire had to be established. This volume offers a thematic study of the prophetic response to that situation. The prophets, their status and their styles of prophecy are compared with those of their predecessors, as are their attitudes towards Israel's religious traditions. Their theological understanding of proper leadership, divine judgment, and Israel's relationship to other nations is compared with the developing theology of the classical prophets. The purpose is to discover whether Haggai, Zechariah and their tradents demonstrate continuity with, or divergence from, the prophetic traditions in which they stood. This study concludes that Haggai is a traditionalist, while Zechariah emerges as an innovative and radical theologian ahead of his time.

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Contents

Preface
7
Abbreviations
8
Chapter 1 THE LITERARY COMPOSITION OF HAGGAI AND ZECHARIAH 18
11
Chapter 2 THE PROPHETIC AUTHORITY OF HAGGAI AND ZECHARIAH
48
Chapter 3 THE STYLE AND FORM OF PROPHECY IN HAGGAI AND ZECHARIAH 18
78
Chapter 4 LEADERSHIP IN THE RESTORATION COMMUNITY AND MESSIANISM
125
Chapter 5 JUDGMENT ON ISRAEL AND THE PUNISHMENT OF THE NATION
182
Chapter 6 ISRAEL YAHWEH AND THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD
216
Chapter 7 CONCLUSION
245
Bibliography
249
Index of References
258
Index of Authors
264
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