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Enemies and Friends of the State

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Part 1: Setting the StageDefining the State (pp. 3-23). Alexander H. Joffe. The Politics of Voice: Reflections on Prophetic Speech as Voices from the Margins (pp. 25-56). Miriam Y. Perkins Part 2: The Ancient Near EastA Land without Prophets? Examining the Presumed Lack of Prophecy in Ancient Egypt (pp. 59-86). Thomas Schneider.A Royal Advisory Service: Prophecy and the State in Mesopotamia (pp. 87-114). Jonathan Stoekl.Prophecy in Syria: Zakkur of Hamath and Lu'ash (pp. 115-134). Helene Sader.Prophecy in Transjordan: Balaam Son of Beor (pp. 135-196). Joel S. Burnett.Part 3: Prophets in the Deuteronomistic History and the ChroniclerProphets in the Early Monarchy (pp. 207-217). William M. Schniedewind.Friends or Foes? Elijah and Other Prophets in the Deuteronomistic History (pp. 219-256). Gary N. Knoppers and Eric L. WelchUnnamed Prophets in the Deuteronomistic History (pp. 257-275). Jason Bembry.The Prophet Huldah and the Stuff of State (pp. 277-296). Francesca Stavrakopoulou.Prophets in the Chronicler: The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah (pp. 297-310). Lester L. Grabbe.Part 4: Prophets in the Prophetic Books of the First Temple and Exilic PeriodsProphecy and the State in 8th-Century Israel: Amos and Hosea (pp. 313-328). Robert R. Wilson.Enemies and Friends of the State: First Isaiah and Micah (pp. 329-338). J. J. M. Roberts.Jeremiah as State-Enemy of Judah: Critical Moments in the Biblical Narratives about the "Weeping Prophet" (pp. 339-358). Christopher A. Rollston.Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (pp. 359-383). C. L. Crouch.Obadiah: Judah and Its Frenemy (pp. 385-394). Alejandro F. Botta and Monica I. Rey.The Prophet Ezekiel: State Priest, State Enemy (pp. 395-410). Stephen L. Cook.YHWH's Cosmic Estate: Politics in Second Isaiah (411-430). Mark W. Hamilton.Part 5: Prophets and Patriots of the Second Temple Period and Early Postbiblical PeriodHaggai and Zechariah: A Maximalist View of the Return in a Minimalist Social Context (pp. 433-448). Eric M. Meyers.Apocalyptic Resistance in the Visions of Daniel (pp. 449-462). John J. Collins.References to the Prophets in the Old Testament Apocrypha (pp. 463-485). Robert J. Owens.Prophets, Kittim, and Divine Communication in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Condemning the Enemy Without, Fighting the Enemy Within (pp. 487-512). James E. Bowley.John the Baptizer: More Than a Prophet (pp. 513-523). James D. Tabor.Jesus of Nazareth: Prophet of Renewal and Resistance (pp. 525-544). Richard A. Horsley.Late First-Century Christian Apocalyptic: Revelation (pp. 545-564). Jennifer Knust.Oracles on Accommodation versus Confrontation: The View from Josephus and the Rabbis (pp. 565-581). Andrew D. Gross.Index of Authors (pp. 583-591).Index of Scripture (pp. 592-613).

About the Author

Christopher Rollston holds the MA and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies. He has published widely in the field of ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician, and Greek inscriptions as well as in the field of Biblical Studies. He is the editor of the journal MAARAV and the coeditor (with Eric H. Cline) of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is currently Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University, department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.


"A solid exploration of the prophetic phenomenon and many chapters therein deserve to be at the forefront of the discussion as to the role of prophets vis-a-vis the state."

-Kurtis Peters, Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies

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