THE PROPHETS SPEAK by Samuel J. Schultz

THE PROPHETS SPEAK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Old Testament, declares the author, of the faculty of Wheaton College in Illinois, must be taken as is as giving primary historical data concerning the prophets and their message. This thesis might be widely accepted among Old Testament Scholars -- but not in the way the author intends it. The point of view of the book might be described as ""fundamentalist,"" From this basis, Moses is seen as the author of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) and therefore as the first of the prophets. Amos and others drew their insights from the Pentateuch as Moses had written it. The book known as ""Isaiah"" is the product of the one prophet Isaiah, not two -- or as is sometimes believed, three men. Although the author seems to know about current Old Testament scholarship, he refers to it mainly to reject it as incompatible with the view he is advancing. The book is addressed to college and seminary students, pastors and laymen ""who consider God's word the infallible rule for faith and practice."" Other readers may be astonished that a book as reactionary as this one should be published today.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Harper & Row