Table of contents for 101 questions and answers on the prophets of Israel / Victor H. Matthews.

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION	00
THE 101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ONE: INTRODUCTORY QUESTIONS	00
	1.	What are the prophetic books in the Bible?	00
	2.	What is the difference between the ¿early¿ and ¿later¿ 
		prophets?	00
	3.	What is the nature of a prophetic call or vocation?	00
	4.	Are there different types of prophets in Israelite society?	00
	5.	Do the prophets speak mainly during times of crisis?	00
	6.	What were the various types of biblical prophecy?	00
	7.	Were there prophets in other ancient Near Eastern 
		countries?	00
	8.	What is the difference between priests and prophets?	00
	9.	What was the relationship between prophets and kings?	00
10.	What is a basic chronology of the prophets within the 
		history of ancient Israel?	00
Prophets in the Pentateuch
11.	Is Abraham a prophet? (Gen 20)	00
12.	Is Moses a prophet?	00
13.	Why do the seventy elders prophesy in Numbers 
		11:24¿30?	000
14.	Why does the foreign prophet Balaam speak in the 
		name of Yahweh? (Numbers 22¿24)	000
TWO: EARLY MONARCHY PERIOD	000
15.	How does the Deuteronomistic Historian portray the 
		prophets and prophecy?	000
16.	Is Samuel a prophet?	000
17.	What is the significance of Saul¿s prophetic frenzy? 
		(1 Sam 10:6¿7, 10)	000
18.	Why does the prophet Nathan tell David that God does
		not want a temple? (2 Sam 7:1¿17)	000
19.	Why did Nathan use a parable to condemn David? 
		(2 Sam 12:1¿15)	000
20.	Why does the prophet Gad offer David the choice of 
		three calamities? (2 Sam 24:12¿14)	000
21.	Why does the prophet Ahijah tear up Jeroboam¿s robe? 
		(1 Kgs 11:29¿40)	000
22.	Why does the unnamed prophet of Judah first curse 
		Jeroboam and then cure his arm? (1 Kgs 13:1¿10)	000
23.	Does the unknown prophet of Bethel actually lie to 
		his fellow prophet from Judah? (1 Kgs 13:11¿32)	000
24.	Why is Elijah¿s battle against the prophets of Baal on 
		Mt. Carmel so critical? (1 Kgs 18:19¿40)	000
25.	What happened to Elijah on Mt. Horeb? 
(1 Kgs 19:9¿18)	000
26.	Why does God defer Ahab¿s punishment? 
(1 Kgs 21:20¿29)	000
27.	Can one prophet contradict another prophet? (Micaiah
		in 1 Kgs 22:5¿28)	000
28.	Why does a prophet work miracles for his own 
		followers? (2 Kgs 4; 6:1¿7)	000
29.	Why should a foreigner who worships other gods 
		consult a prophet of Yahweh? (1 Kgs 5)	000
THREE: LATE MONARCHY PERIOD	000
30.	Why do written prophets suddenly appear in the mid-
		eighth century?	000
Amos
31.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Amos?	000
32.	Why does Amos appear so negative and unsympathetic 
		with his audience? (Amos 1:1; 4:1¿3; 5:10¿13)	000
33.	Why does Amos repeatedly refer to those ¿who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth¿? 
		(Amos 2:7¿8; 5:11¿12; 8:4¿6)	000
34.	Why are the New Moon and the Sabbath so important 
		for Amos¿s judgment on Israel? (Amos 8:4¿6)	000
35.	How does Amos compare to the prophet Samuel in his 
		preaching?	000
36.	Why does the priest Amaziah react so violently to
		Amos¿s message at Bethel? (Amos 7:10¿13)	000
Hosea
37.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Hosea?	000
38.	Why does Hosea use a metaphor for marriage to make 
		his points? (Hos 1¿3)	000
39.	What is the significance of the names given to Hosea¿s 
		three children? (Hos 1:4¿9)	000
40.	Why does Hosea equate the ¿knowledge of God¿ with 
		¿steadfast love¿? (Hos 6:6)	000
41.	What strong images does Hosea use to reinforce his 
		judgment oracles?	000
FOUR: ISAIAH	000
42.	Why do some people refer to three different Isaiahs?	000
43.	What are the principal themes in First Isaiah? (chapters 
		1¿39)	000
44.	What are the basic elements of Isaiah¿s call narrative? 
		(Isa 6)	000
45.	What makes the Song of the Vineyard in Isaiah 5 such 
		a powerful oracle?	000
46.	What is the historical background of Isaiah¿s Immanuel 
		prophecy? (Isa 7)	000
47.	Why does Isaiah refer to Assyria as ¿the rod of God¿s 
		anger¿? (Isa 10:5)	000
48.	What is meant by Isaiah¿s prediction of a ¿shoot from 
		the stump of Jesse¿? (Isa 11:1¿9)	000
49.	Why does Isaiah walk around naked for three years? 
		(Isa 20)	000
50.	What is Isaiah¿s ¿Little Apocalypse¿? (Isa 24¿27)	000
51.	Why are Hezekiah¿s advisors so frightened by the 
		Rabshakeh¿s claims? (Isa 36:4¿10)	000
FIVE: MICAH	000
52.	What are the principal themes in the book of Micah?	000
53.	Why does Micah condemn the cities of Jerusalem and 
		Samaria? (Mic 1:2¿16)	000
54.	What is the basis for Micah¿s covenant lawsuit in 
		Micah 6:1¿8?	000
55.	Why does Micah speak of a messianic king and a divine shepherd in his vision of a future restoration to 
		the nation? (Mic 4:8; 5:2¿5; 7:14¿15)	000
SIX: MINOR PROPHETS OF THE SEVENTH CENTURY	000
56.	Why are there no specific prophetic voices recorded 
		during the reign of Manasseh?	000
57.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Nahum?	000
58.	WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPAL THEMES IN THE BOOK OF 
		Zephaniah?	000
59.	What are the principal themes in the Book of 
		Habakkuk?	000
60.	What are the principal themes in the Book of 
		Obadiah?	000
61.	Why does Josiah consult the prophet Huldah? (2 Kgs 
		22:13¿20)	000
SEVEN: JEREMIAH	000
62.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Jeremiah?	000
63.	How does Jeremiah¿s call narrative compare to that of 
		other prophets? (Jer 1)	000
64.	Why does Jeremiah give his most important oracle in 
		the Temple itself? (Jer 7 and 26)	000
65.	Why does Jeremiah command Baruch to repeat his 
		words in the Temple? (Jer 36)	000
66.	WHAT ENACTED PROPHECIES DOES JEREMIAH USE TO VISUALLY 
		present his message to the people of Jerusalem?	000
67.	Why does Jeremiah write a letter to the exiles? (Jer 
		29:1¿23)	000
68.	What is the purpose of Jeremiah¿s ¿Book of Consola-
		tion¿? (Jer 30¿33)	000
69.	Why does Jeremiah ¿redeem¿ his relative¿s field in 
		Anathoth? (Jer 32:1¿25)	000
EIGHT: EZEKIEL	000
70.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Ezekiel?	000
71.	How does Ezekiel¿s call narrative compare to those of 
		other major prophets?	000
72.	What is the meaning of Ezekiel¿s street theater prophec-
		ies in chapters 4¿5?	000
73.	What are the ¿abominations¿ that Ezekiel sees in the 
		Jerusalem Temple? (Ezek 8)	000
74.	What is the significance of the six executioners and 
		the scribe in Ezekiel 9?	000
75.	How does Ezekiel¿s ¿abandoned child¿ image compare 
		with Hosea¿s marriage image? (Ezek 16)	000
76.	What are the implications of the statement in Ezekiel 
		18:20, ¿The person who sins shall die¿?	000
77.	Why does God promise to put a ¿new heart¿ and a 
		¿new spirit¿ into the people? (Ezek 36:26¿28)	000
78.	What is the significance of the vision of the Valley of 
		Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37:1¿14?	000
79.	Why does Ezekiel put so much effort into describing 
		the rebuilding of the Temple? (Ezek 40¿48)	000
NINE: POSTEXILIC PROPHETS¿SIXTH CENTURY BCE	000
80.	What are the principal themes in Second Isaiah? 
		(chapters 40¿55)	000
81.	Who is the ¿servant¿ spoken of in four poems in 
		Second Isaiah?	000
82.	What is the significance of giving Cyrus the title of 
		¿anointed¿?	000
83.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Haggai?	000
84.	What are the principal themes in Zechariah 1¿8?	000
85.	What role does ¿the satan¿ play in Zechariah 3:1¿2?	000
86.	What are the principal themes in Third Isaiah? 
		(chapters 56¿66)	000
87.	3Why does Third Isaiah place so much emphasis on
		Sabbath worship?	000
TEN: POSTEXILIC PROPHETS¿
FIFTH CENTURY TO THIRD CENTURY BCE	000
88.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Jonah?	000
89.	Why is Jonah so reluctant to obey his call to be a 
		prophet?	000
90.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Malachi?	000
91.	Why is there such hatred of Edom in several of the 
		prophetic books?	000
92.	What are the principal themes in the Book of Joel?	000
93.	What sort of day is the ¿Day of Yahweh¿ in Joel 2 and 
		how does this compare to other prophets?	000
94.	What is apocalyptic literature?	000
95.	What are the principal themes in Zechariah 9¿14?	000
96.	Is Daniel a prophet?	000
97.	How does Daniel¿s ability to interpret dreams compare with Joseph¿s skills? (Gen 40¿41; Dan 2:1¿45; 
		4:18¿27)	000
98.	How do the apocalyptic visions of strange beasts and 
		cosmic battles relate to Israelite history? (Dan 7¿12)	000
99.	Why does the idea of resurrection and last judgment 
		suddenly appear in Daniel 12?	000
ELEVEN: FINAL THOUGHTS	000
100.	Why did the tradition arise that prophecy ended after 
		Ezra and Nehemiah (ca. 400 BCE)?	000
101.	Is there a resumption of the prophetic office with John 
		the Baptist and Jesus?	000
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY	000

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Bible. O.T. Prophets -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Prophets.