Carolyn Sharp’s The Prophetic Literature is one of the newest installments in the Core Biblical Studies series, a series designed to introduce a biblical topic (in this case Prophetic Literature) from an expert in the field (pp. ix–x). Unlike general survey books, this volume focuses primarily on the prophetic books as literature within their final form. As such, Sharp highlights theological themes, literary structure, and literary content of each prophetic book while informing the reader of the scholarly positions on historical, compositional and redactional issues within each book. Her volume includes an introductory chapter, chapters on Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Book of the Twelve, and an epilogue on applying the prophetic books to today’s society.

Her first chapter provides an introduction to the role of a prophet, the historical context of the prophets, and tools/methods for interpreting prophets. Sharp includes a brief discussion of prophets within the Hebrew Bible...

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