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date: 22 January 2020

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One of the reasons that the Prophets have been confined to the peripheries is because the new literary study in Biblical Studies has usually defined itself in opposition to historical criticism, with its emphasis on the text as an uneven composite of sources. The untidy Prophets have proved difficult to fit into models of literature defined on holistic, New-Critical lines. Compiled according to a system that seems perverse by Western standards, oracles are often placed adjacent to one another on the basis of a shared pun or catchword. Generally, the reception of prophecy tends to focus on prophecy as a generic category, so transcending awkward textual specifics. Prophecy has been understood as a high aesthetic category meaning variously, and by no means coherently, inspiration, dissidence, individualism, innovation, and supreme craft.

Keywords: Prophets, Biblical Studies, historical criticism, oracles, prophecy

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