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Jul 11, 2008


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nice review, looks like a helpful book.


Thanks for this, Michael! Yes, prosecution, persuasion and prediction --- in that order. The prophets served as God's DAs of the Old Covenant, prosecuting covenant beakers. The "example" of those prosecuted provided a good basis for persuading others not to follow their example. Prediction was definitely to inspire commitment and action, not arm-chair pondering.


I will definitely check this out - it sounds fascinating; mostly I am curious about his take on time statements which indicate a fist century Parousia where a historical/anthropological approach to prophecy is crucial.

Thanks for the tip.

Michael W. Kruse

Virgil, I'm not sure the book would go as specifically to the questions you are raising but first century questions. He really avoids getting into resolving specific controversies and focuses more on how genres and patterns work.


I enjoy the way Dr. Sandy thinks and writes. I am sad he is leaving our seminary. In my opinion, this is a real loss.


"In our age, there is a near obsession with the predictive aspects of prophecy."

This is one of the problems. Someone pointed out that Biblical prophecy was intended for their contemporaries, and it's a big mistake to read (e.g.) something in Ezekiel and say that it refers to the Russian 6th fleet.

"prosecution, persuasion, and prediction" - that's a good way of putting it. The Prophets weren't just predicters, and prophecy wasn't just prediction, they (and it) were judges (even though it says somewhere else not to do that) and pointers out of erroneous ways.

One of our church's Bible study groups is working on where to go next (we've just had a change of group leader). I started looking into Pslams - there's a semester or two, now it looks like Sandy's book opens up another wide area.

There's more to the Bible than first meets the eye.

Michael W. Kruse

I think it would make a good Bible study book. But it will take some work.

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