The Reformation of Prophecy

Early Modern Interpretations of the Prophet & Old Testament Prophecy

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G. Sujin Pak
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , June
     2018.
     392 pages.
     $99.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780190866921.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Inseo Song forthcoming.

Description

Protestant reformers found the prophet and biblical prophecy to be exceptionally effective for framing their reforming work under the authority of Scripture-for the true prophet speaks the Word of God alone and calls the people, their worship, and their beliefs and practices back to the Word of God uses the prophet and biblical prophecy as a powerful lens through which to view many aspects of the reformers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. G. Sujin Pak argues that these prophetic concepts served the substantial purposes of articulating a theology of the priesthood of all believers, a biblical model of the pastoral office, a biblical vision of the reform of worship, and biblical processes for discerning right interpretation of Scripture. Pak demonstrates the ways in which understandings of the prophet and biblical prophecy contributed to the formation of distinct confessional identities. She goes on to demonstrate the waning of explicit prophetic terminology, particularly among the next generation of Protestant leadership. Eventually, she shows, the Protestant reformers concluded that the figure of the prophet carried with it as many problems as it did benefits, though they continued to give much time and attention to the exegesis of biblical prophetic writings.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

G. Sujin Pak is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Duke Divinity School. She is the author of The Judaizing Calvin (OUP 2009).

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