Print this page Share

Prophetic Literature: From Oracles to Books

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8845-6
288 pages
December 2011, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
Prophetic Literature: From Oracles to Books (1405188456) cover image


Prophetic Literature: From Oracles to Books presents an in-depth introduction to the origins and development of the Prophetic Books of the Old Testament, including an examination of the literary structure, authorship, and editorial processes that produced each book.  
  • The only introductory textbook that explores both how the prophetic books were composed and edited
  • Accessible and engaging, the book contains numerous student features to encourage learning, including introductions, summaries, tables and boxes, etc
  • Based on international scholarship on the individual prophetic books, including German scholarship that is otherwise inaccessible to most English readers
See More

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Resource Acknowledgments xii

Map 1 The ancient Near East xiii

Map 2 Israel and Judah xiv

1 What Is a Prophetic Book? 1

2 The Book of Hosea 19

3 The Book of Amos 37

4 The Book of Micah 54

5 The Book of Zephaniah and the Twelve 72

6 The Books of Joel and Obadiah 91

7 The Books of Nahum and Habakkuk 108

8 The Books of Jonah and Haggai 125

9 Zechariah 1–8 142

10 Zechariah 9–14, the Book of Malachi, and the Twelve 155

11 The Book of Isaiah 172

12 The Book of Isaiah (Continued) 190

13 The Book of Jeremiah 208

14 The Book of Ezekiel 225

Glossary 242

References 247

Scripture Index 262

See More

Author Information

Ronald L. Troxel is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of LXX-Isaiah as Translation and Interpretation (2008).
See More


“as an introductory work, it is especially valuable because he is not sidetracked by extremely nuanced academic disagreement. He focuses on the broader structure of each prophet and how the composition reflects scribal changes and developments.”  (The Biblical Review, 1 November 2015)


"The strength of Troxel's Prophetic Literature: From Oracle to Books is in its portrayal of the scribal intentions as they used and reused the prophetic oracles according to the needs of the community. The prophetic literature emerges from the past to speak once again."
Beverly Cushman, Westminster College

"Troxel has written a thorough and careful analysis of the ways in which prophetic oracles were shaped into books by later scribes. An excellent introduction to the prophets in light of contemporary scholarship."
John J. Collins, Yale

See More
Back to Top