Biblical Bibliographies
Charles Conroy [www.cjconroy.net]



Prophetic Books and Prophets in Israel
General Introductions



[see also:  Introductions to the Old Testament, Prophetic books in general and Prophets: general studies]



The bibliography is divided into three sections as follows:

I.    General articles on prophets in dictionaries and handbooks from various periods

Barriocanal, J. L. (ed.), Diccionario del profetismo bíblico (Burgos: Monte Carmelo, 2008).

Beinhauer-Köhler, B., et al., "Prophet / Prophetin / Prophetie", RGG4 6 (2003) 1692-1708. Details: I. Religionswissenschaftlich (B. Beinhauer-Köhler: 1692-1694); II. Altes Testament (J. Jeremias: 1694-1699); III. Judentum: "Antike" (R. Gray: 1699-1701); "Mittelalter und Neuzeit" (M.-R. Hayoun: 1701-1702); IV. Christentum: "Neues Testament" (D. E. Aune: 1702-1704); "Alte Kirche" (D. E. Aune: 1704-1705); "Mission" (F. Ludwig: 1705-1706); V. Islam (U. Rubin: 1706-1707); VI. Prophetendarstellungen in der Kunst (A. Arnulf: 1707-1708).

Boda, M. J. – J. G. McConville (eds.), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012).

Davidson, A. B., "Prophecy and Prophets", in J. Hastings (ed.), A Dictionary of the Bible, Dealing with its Language, Literature, and Contents, Including the Biblical Theology, IV: Pleroma – Zuzim (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1902) 106-127.

Engnell, I., "Profeter, profetism", in I. Engnell (ed.), Svenskt bibliskt uppslagsverk. Vol. 2 (Stockholm: Nordiska Uppslagsböcker, 1963) 562-602. English version: "Prophets and Prophetism in the Old Testament", in I. Engnell, A Rigid Scrutiny. Critical Essays on the Old Testament (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 1969) 123-179; = [same title], in I. Engnell, Critical Essays on the Old Testament (London: SPCK, 1970) 123-179.

Gunkel, H., "Propheten, II: seit Amos", RGG IV (1913) 1866-1886. Revised version: "Propheten, IIB: Propheten Israels seit Amos", RGG2 IV (1930) 1538-1554; = "The Israelite Prophecy from the Time of Amos", in J. Pelikan (ed.), Twentieth Century Theology in the Making (New York: Harper and Row, 1969) 48-75.

Huffmon, H. B., et al., "Prophecy", ABD V (1992) 477-502. Details: 1. Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy (H. B. Huffmon: 477-482); 2. Preexilic Hebrew Prophecy (J. J. Schmitt: 482-489); 3. Postexilic Hebrew Prophecy (J. Barton: 489-495); 4. Early Christian Prophecy (M. E. Boring: 495-502).

Klein, W., et al., "Propheten / Prophetie", TRE 27 (1997) 473-515. Details: I. Religionsgeschichtlich (W. Klein: 473-76); II. In Israel und seiner Umwelt (K. Koch: 477-499); III. Im Judentum (Ch. Safrai: 499-503); IV. Neues Testament und Alte Kirche (G. Dautzenberg: 503-511); V. Dogmatisch/hermeneutisch (K. Stock: 511-513); VI. Prophetie, praktisch-theologisch (F. Albrecht / I. Baldermann: 513-517).

Kratz, R. G., "The Prophetic Literature", in J. Barton (ed.), The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016) 133-159.

Leuenberger, M., "Prophetie", in W. Dietrich (ed.), Die Welt der Hebräischen Bibel. Umfeld – Inhalte – Grundthemen (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2017) 136-150.

Paul, Sh. M., et al., "Prophets and Prophecy", EncJud 16 (2007) 566-586. Details: "In the Bible" (Sh. M. Paul and [2nd ed.] S. D. Sperling: 566-580); "In the Talmud" (L. I. Rabinowitz: 580-581); "In Jewish Philosophy" (R. Lerner [on Philo] and H. Kreisel [2nd ed.: all the rest]: 581-585); "In Modern Jewish Thought" (W. S. Wurzburger: 585-586).

Ramlot, L., "Prophétisme", DBSup 8 (1972) 811-1222.

Seijas de Los Ríos-Zarzosa, M. G., "Profetismo y libros proféticos", in G. Seijas (ed.), Historia de la literatura hebrea y judía (La dicha de enmudecer; Madrid: Trotta, 2014) 95-119.

Sheppard, G. T., et al., "Prophecy", in L. Jones (editor-in-chief), Encyclopedia of Religion. Second edition (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA – Thomson Gale, 2005), vol. 11, 7423-7445 [first edition 1987]. Details: 1. "An Overview" (G. T. Sheppard and W. E. Herbrechtsmeier [1987]: 7423-7429); 2. "Biblical Prophecy" (R. R. Wilson [1987, with revised bibliography]: 7429-7438); 3. "Prophecy in Post-Biblical Judaism" (H. Kreisel [2005]: 7438-7442); 4. "African Prophetism" (R. M. Baum [2005]: 7442-7445).

Wilson, R. R., "Prophecy", in S. Niditch (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion; Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016) 317-323.

II.    Introductions more useful for students and scholars

1.   Pre-1950

Cornill, C. H., Der israelitische Prophetismus: in fünf Vorträgen für gebildete Laien geschildert (Strassburg: Trübner, 1894 ... 121916; Berlin: De Gruyter, 131920); = The Prophets of Israel: Popular Sketches from Old Testament History (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 1895 ... 71907); = I Profeti d'Israele (Bari: Laterza, 1923).

Davidson, A. B., Old Testament Prophecy. Edited by J. A. Paterson (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1903). [Davidson died in 1902].

Duhm, B., Die Theologie der Propheten: als Grundlage für die innere Entwicklungsgeschichte der israelitischen Religion (Bonn: Marcus, 1875). Extensively revised second edition: Israels Propheten. 2. verbesserte Auflage (Lebensfragen 26; Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1922).

Gunkel, H., Die Propheten (Religionsgeschichtliche Volksbücher für die deutsche christliche Gegenwart, II Reihe; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1917); = I Profeti. A cura di F. Parente (Firenze: Sansoni, 1967).

Heschel, A., Die Prophetie (Polska Akademja Umiejetnosci. Prace Komisji Orjentalistycznej, 22; Kraków: Nakladem Polskiej Akademji Umiejetnosci, 1936). [see below for the 1962 revised English edition]

Hölscher, G., Die Profeten: Untersuchungen zur Religionsgeschichte Israels (Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, 1914).

Kuenen, A., De profeten en de profetie onder Israël: historisch-dogmatische studie. 2 vol. (Leiden: P. Engels, 1875); = The Prophets and Prophecy in Israel: An Historical and Critical Enquiry (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1877). The English version was reprinted [same title], (Amsterdam: Philo Press, 1969).

Robinson, T. H., Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel (Studies in Theology; London: Duckworth, 1923, 21953).

Smith, W. R., The Prophets of Israel and Their Place in History, to the Close of the 8th century B.C. (Edinburgh: A. & C. Black 1882) [USA edition: New York: Appleton, 1892]. Second edition, with introduction and notes by T. K. Cheyne (Edinburgh & London: A. & C. Black 1895). Reprint with modified title: The Prophets of Israel and Their Place in History. With a new introduction by Robert Alun Jones (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2002).

2.   From 1950 to 1979

Balla, E., Die Botschaft der Propheten. Hrsg. von G. Fohrer (Tübingen: Mohr [Siebeck], 1958).

Buber, M., Der Glaube der Propheten (Zürich: Manesse, 1950); 2., verbesserte und um Register ergänzte Auflage (Heidelberg: Lambert Schneider, 1984); = The Prophetic Faith (New York: Macmillan, 1949) [various subsequent reprints]; = La fede dei profeti (Radici 5; Genova: Marietti, 1985); = La foi des prophètes (Paris: Albin Michel, 2003). Reprinted in M. Buber, Schriften zur Biblischen Religion. Herausgegeben von Christian Wiese unter Mitarbeit von Heike Breitenbach. Eingeleitet von Michael Fishbane. Kommentiert von Christian Wiese und Heike Breitenbach unter Mitarbeit von Andreas Lösch. Mit einem Essay von Christian Wiese (Martin Buber Werkausgabe, 13.1 und 13.2; Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2019) 137-350.

Heschel, A. J., The Prophets (New York: Harper & Row, 1962) [extensively revised version of his German work of 1936, see above]. Paperback edition in two volumes with separate pagination (Harper Colophon Books; New York: Harper & Row, 1969); = Los profetas. 3 vol. (Buenos Aires: Paidós, 1973). There is also an abbreviated Italian version: Il Messaggio dei profeti (Ricerche teologiche; Roma: Borla, 1981).

Kuhl, C., Israels Propheten (Dalp-Taschenbücher, 324; Bern: Francke; München: Lehnen, 1956); = The Prophets of Israel (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press; Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1960).

Lindblom, J., Prophecy in Ancient Israel (Oxford: Blackwell, 1962).

Neher, A., L'essence du prophétisme (Épiméthée – essais philosophiques; Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1955). Second edition with only bibliographical additions (Diaspora; Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1972); = The Prophetic Existence (South Brunswick, NJ – New York: Barnes; London: Yoseloff, 1969); = La esencia del profetismo (Biblioteca de Estudios Bíblicos, 8; Salamanca: Sígueme, 1975); = L'essenza del profetismo (Radici 4; Casale Monferrato [AL]: Marietti, 1984).

Rad, G. von, Die Botschaft der Propheten (Siebenstern-Taschenbuch 100-101; München – Hamburg: Siebenstern Taschenbuch Verlag, 1967); = The Message of the Prophets (London: SCM, 1968; New York: Harper & Row, 1972).

3.   From 1980 to the present

Abrego de Lacy, J. M., Los libros proféticos (Introducción al estudio de la Biblia, 4; Estella [Navarra]: Verbo Divino, 1993); = I libri profetici (Introduzione allo studio della Bibbia, 6; Brescia: Paideia, 1996).

Alonso Schökel, L. – J. L. Sicre Diaz, Profetas. Introducciones y comentario, 2┬ávol. (Madrid: Ediciones Cristiandad, 1980, 21987); = I Profeti (Roma: Borla, 1984); = Profetas, I-II (Grande comentário bíblico; São Paulo: Paulus, 1988 / 1991).

Amsler, S. – J. Asurmendi – J. Auneau – R. Martin-Achard, Les Prophètes et les livres prophétiques (Petite Bibliothèque des sciences bibliques, Ancien Testament, 4; Paris: Desclée, 1985); = I Profeti e i libri profetici (Piccola Enciclopedia Biblica, 4; Roma: Borla, 1987).

Anthonioz, S., Le prophétisme biblique: de l'idéal à la réalité (LD 261; Paris: Cerf, 2013).

Beaucamp, É, Les prophètes d'Israël, ou le drame d'une alliance (Lire la Bible, 75; Paris: Cerf, 21987) [11968]; = I profeti d'Israele o il dramma di una alleanza (Fame e sete della parola, 3; Cinisello Balsamo: Edizioni Paoline, 21988); = Los Profetas de Israel (Estella [Navarra]: Verbo Divino, 1988).

Blenkinsopp, J., A History of Prophecy in Israel (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1983 / London: SPCK, 1984); = Une histoire de la prophétie en Israël. Depuis le temps de l'installation en Canaan jusqu'à la période hellénistique (LD 152; Paris: Cerf, 1993). Second edition: A History of Prophecy in Israel. Revised and enlarged (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1996); = Storia della profezia in Israele (Biblioteca biblica, 22; Brescia: Queriniana, 1997); = Geschichte der Prophetie in Israel. Von den Anfängen bis zum hellenistischen Zeitalter (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1998).

Cook, J. E., Hear, O Heavens and Listen, O Earth. An Introduction to the Prophets (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press – Michael Glazier, 2006).

Eaton, J. H., Mysterious Messengers: A Course on Hebrew Prophecy from Amos Onwards (London: SCM, 1997).

Junco Garza, C., Palabra sin fronteras. Los profetas de Israel (México: San Pablo, 2000).

Koch, K., Die Profeten, I: Assyrische Zeit; II: Babylonisch-persische Zeit. 2 vol. (Urban-Taschenbücher 280/281; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, I 31995 [völlig neu bearbeitete Auflage], 21987, 11978; II 21988, 11980); = The Prophets, 2 vol. (London: SCM, 1982/1983) [trans. of the first German edition]. [The 3rd ed. of Band II never appeared.]

Kratz, R. G., Die Propheten Israels (C. H. Beck Wissen in der Beck'schen Reihe, 2326; München: Beck, 2003); = I profeti d'Israele (Sintesi; Brescia: Queriniana, 2006).

Kratz, R., The Prophets of Israel (Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible, 2; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015). [revised and expanded English version of the preceding title]

Lundbom, J. R., The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2010).

Marconcini, B., et al., Profeti e apocalittici (Logos 3; Leumann [TO]; ElleDiCi, 1995).

McConville, J. G., Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Prophets (Exploring the Bible Series, 4; London: SPCK, 2002; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008).

McEntire, M., A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015).

Milán, F., Libros proféticos (Manuales ISCR – Instituto superior de ciencias religiosas, Universidad de Navarra, 12; Pamplona: EUNSA – Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 2017).

Nogalski, J. D., Interpreting Prophetic Literature: Historical and Exegetical Tools for Reading the Prophets (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015).

Nogalski, J. D., Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2018).

Pagano, G., I profeti tra storia e teologia (Studi biblici, 74; Bologna: Edizione Dehoniane, 2016).

Peckham, B., History and Prophecy. The Development of Late Judean Literary Traditions (ABRL; New York: Doubleday, 1993).

Petersen, D. L., The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002).

Redditt, P. L., Introduction to the Prophets (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008).

Rofé, A., Introduzione alla letteratura profetica. Versione italiana a cura di A. Minissale (Studi Biblici, 111; Brescia: Paideia, 1995); = Introduction to the Prophetic Literature (The Biblical Seminar, 21; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997). [original Hebrew edition: מבוא לספרות הנבואה (Jerusalem: Academon, 1992)]

Rota Scalabrini, P., Sedotti dalla Parola. Introduzione ai libri profetici (Graphé 7; Torino: LDC, 2017).

Sawyer, J. F. A., Prophecy and the Prophets of the Old Testament (Oxford Bible Series; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987). Revised edition: Prophecy and the Biblical Prophets (Oxford Bible Series; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993).

Seitz, C. R., Prophecy and Hermeneutics: Toward a New Introduction to the Prophets (Studies in Theological Interpretation, 2; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).

Sharp, C. J. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Sharp, C. J., The Prophetic Literature (Core Biblical Studies; Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2019).

Sicre, J. L., Profetismo en Israel. El Profeta. Los Profetas. El Mensaje (Estella [Navarra]; Verbo Divino, 1992); = Profetismo in Israele. Il profeta i profeti – il messaggio (Roma: Borla, 1995); = Profetismo em Israel. O Profeta, os Profetas, a Mensagem (Petrópolis, RJ: Vozes, 1996). For the revised edition (2011) see the following item.

Sicre Diaz, J. L., Introducción al profetismo bíblico (Estudios bíblicos, 45; Estella [Navarra]: Verbo Divino, 2011). [Second fully revised edition of his Profetismo en Israel (1992)]

Smith, G. V., Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for OT Exegesis; Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2015).

Spreafico, A., La voce di Dio. Per capire i profeti. Nuova edizione (Studi biblici, 66; Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane [EDB], 2014). [previous editions: 1998 and 2003]

Stulman, L. – H. C. P. Kim, You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2010).

Sweeney, M. A., The Prophetic Literature (Interpreting Biblical Texts; Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005).

Troxel, R. L., Prophetic Literature: From Oracles to Books (Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

III.    Some recent basic introductions for the general reader

Abella, J., Profeti: perchè il popolo viva (Lettura pastorale della Bibbia. Sez.: Bibbia e spiritualità Parola-Missione; Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane, 1997).

Branick, V. P., Understanding the Prophets and Their Books (New York: Paulist Press, 2012).

Bühlmann, W., Prophetinnen und Propheten (Frauen und Männer im Alten Testament, 3; Luzern: Rex Verlag; Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 2014).

Chalmers, A., Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the World of the Prophets (Downers Place, IL: IVP Academic, 2015).

Cucca, M., La Parola intimata: introduzione ai Libri profetici (Parola di Dio, II serie; Cinisello Balsamo [MI]: San Paolo, 2016).

Curtaz, P., Lo sguardo di Dio: i Profeti d'Israele (Dimensioni dello spirito; Cinisello Balsamo [MI]: San Paolo, 2018).

Gentry, P. J., How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017).

Hays, J. D., The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010).

Heaton, E. W., A Short Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets (Oxford: Oneworld, 1996).

Hutton, R. R., Fortress Introduction to the Prophets (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004).

Leclerc, T. L., Introduction to the Prophets: Their Stories, Sayings, and Scrolls. Expanded second edition (New York & Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2017). [first edition 2007]

Matthews, V. H., 101 Questions and Answers on the Prophets of Israel (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2007).

Mello, A., Chi è profeta? Grammatica della profezia (Sympathetika; Magnano [BI]: Qiqajon, 2014).

Ravasi, G., I profeti (Parola di vita; Milano: Àncora, 41998). [earlier editions: 1975; 1986; 1990]

Sharp, C. J., Old Testament Prophets for Today (For Today Series; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009).

Zucker, D. J., Israel's Prophets: An Introduction for Christians and Jews (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1994).