Thursday, November 03, 2016

But nothing like this

Sometimes [in the ancient Near Eastern prophecies], mild criticism of the king is combined with grandiose promises, when the prophets remind the king of his duties toward the gods, their temples and priests, as well as toward his subjects. This criticism, however, is very different from the fundamental doubts about the cultic system or the existing social order as we find them in the Hebrew Bible.—The Prophets of Israel, page 15

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