Plowshares and Pruning Hooks Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic

ISBN-10: 083082653X
ISBN-13: 9780830826537
Edition: 2002
Authors: D. Brent Sandy
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Description: What are we to make of Isaiah's image of Mount Zion as the highest of the mountains, or Zechariah's picture of the Mount of Olives split in two, or Daniel's "beast rising out of the sea" or Revelation's "great red dragon, with seven heads and ten  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

What are we to make of Isaiah's image of Mount Zion as the highest of the mountains, or Zechariah's picture of the Mount of Olives split in two, or Daniel's "beast rising out of the sea" or Revelation's "great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns"? How can Peter claim that on the day of Pentecost the prophecy of Joel was being fulfilled, with signs in heaven and wonders on earth, the sun turned to darkness and the moon to blood?The language and imagery of biblical prophecy has been the source of puzzlement for many Christians and a point of dispute for some. How ironic that is! For the prophets and seers were the wordsmiths of their time. They took pains to speak God's word clearly and effectively to their contemporaries.How should we, as citizens of the twenty-first century, understand the imagery of this ancient biblical literature? Are there any clues in the texts themselves, any principles we can apply as we read these important but puzzling biblical texts?D. Brent Sandy carefully considers the language and imagery of prophecy and apocalyptic, how it is used, how it is fulfilled within Scripture, and how we should read it against the horizon of our future. Clearly and engagingly written, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks is the kind of book that gives its readers a new vantage point from which to view the landscape of prophetic and apocalyptic language and imagery.

Brent Sandy (Ph.D., Duke University) taught for thirty years at two colleges and four seminaries. Most recently he was professor and chair of the department of religious studies at Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. Among his several books are Cracking Old Testament Codes: A Guide to Interpreting the Literary Genres of the Old Testament (1995, coedited with Ron Giese) and Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic (2002).

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
What Makes Prophecy Powerful?
What Makes Prophecy Problematic?
How Does the Language of Prophecy Work?
How Does the Language of Destruction and Blessing Work?
How Does the Language of Apocalyptic Work?
How Have Prophecies Been Fulfilled?
How Will Prophecies Be Fulfilled?
Conclusion
Common English and French Metaphors
Language of Blessings and Curses
End-Times Imagery in the New Testament
Notes
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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