Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are
By Norman Podhoretz
Release Date: 10/01/02
Serial Number: Podhoretz1
The books of the Hebrew prophets, couched in some of the greatest poetry ever written in any language, and infused with some of the most sublime moral sentiments the world has ever known, have been greatly influential in shaping the minds of Jews and Christians. Focusing on six of these prophetic books—Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel Amos, Hosea, and Micah—Norman Podhoretz seeks to explain what the books were saying to their contemporaries and what they still have to say to us—both believers and nonbelievers alike. He explains who and what the prophets were, how it happened that they should have appeared when they did (around the 9th century B.C.), and what accounted for their disappearance after the relatively brief historical span of a few hundred years. He also offers a theory as to why these magnificent works have been so important and why they remain relevant today.