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Challenging Prophetic Metaphor Theology and Ideology in the Prophets

ISBN-10: 0664229646
ISBN-13: 9780664229641
Edition: 2008
Authors: Julia M. O'Brien
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Description: "The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortable: God as  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 10/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortable: God as abusive husband or as neglectful father, for instance. Julia O'Brien searches the Prophetic Books for these metaphors, looking for ways that these images intersect and build off one another. When confronted with disturbing metaphors, she deals with them unflinchingly, providing a sharp critique and evaluation of their predominant interpretations. Attending to the possible uses of these metaphors in the church (for good or ill), O'Brien points us toward new ways to read these theological metaphors for a just faith today."--BOOK JACKET.

Acknowledgments
Bible Translations Used
Introduction
Prophetic Theology: A Brief History of Interpretation
The Challenge of Feminist Criticism of the Prophets
Another Way of Doing Theology
God as (Abusing) Husband
God as (Authoritarian) Father
God as (Angry) Warrior
Jerusalem as (Defenseless) Daughter
Edom as (Selfish) Brother
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Scripture Index
Index of Subjects and Names

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