The minor prophets’ relation to the Torah and former prophets
Thelle, Rannfrid I.
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Thelle, R. I. (2021). The minor prophets’ relation to the Torah and former prophets. The oxford handbook of the minor prophets (pp. 187-200) doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190673208.013.24
This essay tracks references to Israel’s past in the Minor Prophets as one avenue into exploring their connections to the Torah and Former Prophets, while also observing ways in which shared or similar traditions shape prophetic rhetoric. Key themes emerge, such as God’s character, apostasy and idolatry, covenant and judgment, and critique of power and leadership. Specific remarks, particularly in the last of the Twelve, indicate complex and innovative processes of the reinterpretation of Torah and prophecy. These derive canonical meaning when the Book of the Twelve is read in relation to the Torah and Former Prophets as authoritative collections.
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