Prophecy and Foreign Nations

Aspects of the Role of the »Nations« in the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel
Edited by Hannes Bezzel, Uwe Becker, and Matthijs de Jong

[Prophetie und Fremdvölker. Aspekte der Rolle der »Völker« in den Büchern Jesaja, Jeremia und Hesekiel.]

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The contributions to this volume approach different aspects of the role of »foreign nations« in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, which are often overlooked in biblical studies. Synchronic and diachronic studies focus on the interrelation between God, Israel, and »the nations« as it is expressed in the respective texts.
This volume contains papers read at the EABS / SBL International meetings 2016 in Leuven, 2017 in Berlin, and 2018 in Helsinki. Contrary and complementary to a trend in contemporary research on prophetic literature to focus on questions concerning the origins of a prophetic theology of judgment, the research group addressed the seemingly stereotypic corpora of oracles concerning foreign nations. In diachronic as well as synchronic approaches to the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, the contributors ask for the tension between standardisation in the corpus propheticum on the one side and maintaining or even creating a specific prophetic profile on the other. In so doing, the prophetic books may appear in a new light, both with respect to their literary-historical genesis and to a theological reading of their »final forms".
Survey of contents
Hannes Bezzel/Uwe Becker/Matthijs de Jong: Introduction – Archibald L.H.M. van Wieringen: Isaiah 13–23 and Its Text-Immanent Reader – Uwe Becker: Die Geburt der Fremdvölkersprüche im Jesajabuch – Burkard M. Zapff: Jes 63,1–6 und das Jesajabuch – Die Integration eines sperrigen Textes – Eric H.G.L. Peels: From Egypt to Babylon, or from Elam to Moab? Queries Concerning the Order of the Oracles against the Nations in the Book of Jeremiah – Matthijs J. de Jong: Jeremiah 28:8–9 and the Oracles against the Nations – Else K. Holt: A Prophet to the Nations – Rannfrid I. Lasine Thelle: Moab as a Mirror for Judah? Echoes of Jeremiah 1–20 in Jeremiah 48 – Hannes Bezzel: When, How, and Why Did Jeremiah Become a »Prophet to the Nations«? Jer 46:2–12 (MT) as a Test Case – Miklós Kőszeghy: Babylon – Nabel der Welt in Jer 50–51 – Andrew Langley: The Vindication of YHWH in Ezekiel's Oracles against the Nations – Lydia Lee: The Tyrian King in MT and LXX Ezek 28:12b-15 – Reettakaisa S. Salo: The Masoretic Sondergut in Ezekiel 35

Hannes Bezzel Born 1975; 2007 Dr. theol. (Göttingen); 2014 Habilitation (Jena); since 2015 Professor of Old Testament at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Uwe Becker Born 1961; 1989 Dr, theol. (Bonn); 1996 Habilitation (Göttingen); since 2003 Professor of Old Testament at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena.

Matthijs de Jong Born 1977; 2006 PhD (Leiden, The Netherlands); 2006 bible translator and biblical scholar at the Netherlands Bible Society; since 2016 head of translation and exegesis at the Netherlands Bible Society.


The following reviews are known:

In: Old Testament Abstracts — 46 (2023), p. 636 (Thomas Hieke)
In: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament — 47 (2023), p. 63 (Samuel Hildebrandt)
In: Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW) — 135 (2023), pp. 352–353 (Anselm C. Hagedorn)
In: Theologia Reformata — 66 (2023), pp. 85–86 (Jaap Dekker)