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The Prophetic Genre: Summarize & Hermeneutics

From the chapter, "The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel," from Fee and Stuart, the authors discussed the nature and key characteristics of the prophetic genre. Many of the problems readers encounter as they engage this segment of Scripture occur because they do not understand the nature or function of prophecy in ancient Israel. Taking that portion of the reading into consideration, summarize the key aspects of the genre. Be sure to include aspects of their hermeneutical suggestions in your summary thread as well.

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Some Key Aspects of the Genre: Nature or Function of Prophecy in Ancient Israel

Numbers 1 and 2 address the nature of prophecy and numbers 3, 4 and 5 address the function of prophecy:

1) Address the meaning of prophecy
To use familiar terms, there is "foretelling" and "forthtelling." Foretelling is commonly referred to as prophecy which is the telling of the future. Forthtelling refers to speaking the mind of God. In foretelling, there is the use of "predictive statements" as in 1 Kings 13, 2 Kings 23, and Isaiah 44:28; 45:1ff). An example of forthtelling is through Moses came the Law (Moses was a prophet - Deuteronomy 18). The divine standard is revealed in Deuteronomy 18:22. The role of the prophet is in Exodus 7.

Genuine prophecy involves proper timing. It must be beyond the realm of reasonable calculation so as to preclude the possibility of an “educated guess.”

The prophecy must deal in specific details, not vague generalities which are capable of being manipulated to fit various circumstances.

Exact fulfillment, ...

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This solution will assist the student in summarizing the key aspects of the prophetic genre from the Old Testament. The solution also provides hermeneutical suggestions.