The Reformation of Prophecy
Early Modern Interpretations of the Prophet & Old Testament Prophecy

Oxford Studies in Historical Theology Series


Language: Anglais
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The Reformation of Prophecy presents and supports the case for viewing the prophet and biblical prophecy as a powerful lens by which to illuminate many aspects of the reforming work of the Protestant reformers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It provides a chronological and developmental analysis of the significance of the prophet and biblical prophecy across leading Protestant reformers in 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. Through the tool of the prophet and biblical prophecy, the reformers framed their work under, within, and in support of 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. Furthermore, Pak demonstrates the ways in which interpretations and understandings of the prophet and biblical prophecy contributed to the formation and consolidation of distinctive confessional identities, especially around differences in their visions of sacred history, christological exegesis of Old Testament prophecy, and interpretation of Old Testament metaphors. The Reformation of Prophecy illuminates the significant shifts in the history of Protestant reformers' engagement with the prophet and biblical prophecy-shifts from these serving as a tool to advance the priesthood of all believers to a tool to clarify and buttress clerical identity and authority to a site of polemical-confessional exchange concerning right interpretations of Scripture.
G. Sujin Pak is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, the Divinity School, Duke University