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"The Prophets" – References To Generic Prophets And Their Role In The Construction Of The Image Of The "Prophets Of Old" Within The Postmonarchic Readership(s) Of The Books Of Kings

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This chapter focuses on the general image/s (hereafter, image) of the prophets of old - to be distinguished from that of particular prophets associated with the monarchic period (e.g., Elijah, Isaiah) - which The Book of Kings as a whole most likely evoked among its intended and primary readership. It deals with Israel's prophets of the monarchic past, the book itself associates them with different periods, locations, behaviors, and includes a variety of "true" and "false" prophets, and even prophets of gods other than Yhwh. Polity differentiation is present in The Book of Kings, with most of the references to prophetic activities pointing either to the Solomonic kingdom and its immediate aftermath or to the northern kingdom of Israel; whereas such activities are rarely reported within the kingdom of Judah, except again for the case of Isaiah.

Keywords: Isaiah; Israel's prophets; Judah; monarchic period; Solomonic kingdom; The Books of Kings



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