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Greg Mobley

The most common popular image of the prophet is that of the lone voice crying in the wilderness, speaking to the community on behalf of God: “Thus says the LORD.” We often miss the other side of the coin, the image of the prophet speaking to God on behalf of the community. But both roles […] Read More

We cannot truly understand the biblical prophets without pausing to reflect on the idea of divine anger without prejudice. No matter how foreign or familiar this concept appears to contemporary readers, divine anger was a consuming reality for the biblical prophets and their audiences. The reality of divine anger was, and remains, a largely unquestioned […] Read More

The prophetic performances of the classical Hebrew prophets have been collected in a series of scrolls. Written texts were simply the Iron Age’s version of a recording device. All manner of oral performances – stories, priestly teachings, songs, prayers, traditions that they claimed had been originally spoken by Moses – were translated through the, then, […] Read More

Our subject is nothing less than that brilliant fusion of divination and imagination known as classical Hebrew prophecy in which a succession of folk performers over the course of two centuries (about 740-540 B.C.) turned God into a poet. What do I mean by the phrase “folk performers”? The Hebrew prophets were performers, not authors. […] Read More