Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Another difference to note

There is also a significant difference between the ancient Near East on the one hand and Israel on the other. The ancient Near Eastern archives that we know from excavations have not produced a single prophetic book, nor are the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible archives, and they could scarcely have been included in one. There are simple reasons why this is the case. The ancient Near Eastern archive was a royal library. The prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible predict the demise of the monarchy and similar institutions.—The Prophets of Israel, page 28

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