By Diana V. Edelman, Ehud Ben Zvi

The editors have geared up a long term learn application on Israel and the creation and Reception of Authoritative Books within the Persian and Hellenistic sessions on the Annual assembly of the ecu organization of religious study. the 1st introduced subject of enquiry was once the development of prophecy and prophetic books throughout the Persian interval, for which devoted periods have been held on the EABS conferences in 2006 and 2007. the current quantity contains revised types of the shows made through Rainer Albertz, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Diana Edelman, Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Ernst Axel Knauf, Thomas C. Romer, and Rannfrid I. Thelle. the final snapshot that emerges from the amount is that of biblical prophecy as a written phenomenon, although maybe open to chose public readings. the connection among prophetic and different authoritative written texts (e.g., the booklet of Kings, the Deuteronomistic heritage) is explored, in addition to the final social and ideological environment during which the prophetic books emerged. the quantity offers with the development of pictures of prophets of the previous and relates them to the final development of the prior in Yehud. It contains either common, methodological and comparative contributions and experiences on specific issues/books (e.g., Deutero-Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Jonah).

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4 The depiction of Ezekiel as a keeper and interpreter of the written word of God in Ezek. 5 In light of this artificial and late E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 31 standardization, the biblical title näbi is likely to include other classes of former omen priests and divinatory personnel who had officiated in temples and shrines in Judah and Israel during the monarchy. 6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means?

6 Do our current so-called prophetic books contain samples of revealed divine will that had only been obtained in an ecstatic trance, or do they contain revelations that had been obtained by a range of technical means? This question is not assuming that all of the contents genuinely trace back to the individual whose name is attached to each collection; but even in the cases where we would be inclined to isolate a particular saying as being possibly ancient, “genuine” or "original” whether deriving from one or more individuals, were they the result of ecstatic prophetic activity or something else, like divination, oracles, or dreams?

Those who worked in other occupations but who served as divine vehicles from time to time or who worked free-lance within settlements, without any official affiliation, could have used these same techniques or others, such as fasting or dancing. E d elm an From Prophets to Prophetic Books 33 Isaiah and Ezekiel had visions of an enthroned Yahweh; both were of “priestly” descent and worked in the temple in Jerusalem. Jeremiah, Zechariah, Samuel and Micah were also of “priestly” descent and similarly experienced auditions and visions.

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