The God of the Prophets: An Analysis of Divine Action

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A&C Black, Sep 1, 1997 - Religion - 328 pages
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'Content analysis'-which is a computer-assisted form of textual analysis-is used to examine divine activity in six prophetic texts, comparing God's activity to that of humans. In this methodologically innovative study, the author concludes, in the light of quantitative data, that God is harsher to non-Israelites than to Israelites in all the texts, and much kinder to Israelites in Joel than in the typical prophet. God and humans are involved in much the same kinds of physical and mental processes, but to considerably different degrees. Griffin argues persuasively that the God of the prophets is not the 'wholly other' of some theologies, but neither do his actions follow exactly the human pattern.
  

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Contents

THE ANALYSIS
75
PREVIOUS STUDIES
250
CATEGORY DICTIONARIES
255

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About the author (1997)

William Griffin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Philosophy at Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri.