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Herald of Good Tidings
Essays on the Bible, Prophecy, and the Hope of Israel in Honour of Antti Laato
Edited by Pekka Lindqvist, Lotta Valve

This volume is dedicated to the prominent biblical scholar, Antti Laato, of Ĺbo Akademi University, Finland, on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. In his extensive and many-faceted scholarly work spanning more than 35 years, there have been some focal points. One has been the Book of Isaiah, and, more broadly, the prophetic books and the messianic hopes they contain. From the 2010s onwards, another aspect has gained more visibility in Antti Laato’s work: the reception history of the Bible—the Hebrew Bible in particular—in both Judaism and Christianity. Herald of Good Tidings is a collection of papers, by nineteen scholars mainly from the Nordic countries, on the heralds of redemption and hope, the prophets—their voice, words and deeds, and on the status and role of these prophets.

The first part of the volume concerns the world of the Hebrew Bible: biblical prophetism, the prophets themselves and their books.

The second part is devoted to the continuing message of the prophets in its post-biblical Jewish and Christian reception. A key aspect is their message of a bright future, whether about hope in general or about the Messiah. Their words are constantly being interpreted, sometimes personalities of the post-biblical era also being seen as prophetic figures.

The brief third part of the book illustrates the ongoing influence of the prophets in times yet more distant than the post-biblical age from the prophets of the Hebrew Bible.


Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 97
9781914490019 hardback
Publication September 2021

Contents

Part I
OLD TESTAMENT:
PROPHETIC VOICES, VISIONS OF REDEMPTION

GOOD NEWS TO OR FROM ZION?
A RECONSIDERATION OF ISAIAH
H.G.M. Williamson
ETHICAL DUALISM IN ISAIAH 65–66 AND 1 ENOCH
Stefan Green
THE VALLEY OF ACHOR (JOSHUA 15.7):
A SETTING OF SIN (JOSHUA 7.24, 26), HOPE (HOSEA 2.17),
AND NEW CREATION (ISAIAH 65.10)
J. Cornelis de Vos
MESSIANIC EXPECTATIONS AND YHWH’S SANCTUARY IN EZEKIEL
Karl William Weyde
DAYS OF OLD AND THE DAY TO COME—
MALACHI BETWEEN PROTOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY
Corinna Körting
MANDATED BY MOSES: PROPHETS IN THE PENTATEUCH
Magnar Kartveit

Part II
JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN AFTERLIFE OF THE SACRED TEXTS:
REDEMPTION AND HOPE OF ISRAEL
EXPECTATIONS OF A ROYAL MESSIAH IN THE BOOK OF JUBILEES?
THE CASE OF JUDAH
Topias K.E. Tanskanen
NO STAR FROM JACOB, NO LION FROM JUDAH: JOSEPHUS
AND THE BLESSING TO ALL THE NATIONS
Erkki Koskenniemi
THE RECEPTION HISTORY OF DEUTERONOMY 18.15, 18-19
IN ANCIENT JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
Martin Meiser
ANNA THE PROPHET IN LUKE 2.36-38
Martti Nissinen
ISAIAH 61 IN RECEPTION:
ELIJAH AND ELISHA IN LUKE 4
Lotta Valve
‘IT IS FOR THE SAKE OF THE HOPE OF ISRAEL
THAT I AM BOUND WITH THIS CHAIN’ (ACTS 28.20): ISRAEL
AND REDEMPTION IN LUKE–ACTS
Lukas Bormann
FROM PARABLE TO PROPHECY:
SUBSEQUENT PHASES IN UNDERSTANDING JESUS’ NARRATIVES
Lauri Thurén
THE PROPHETIC VISION OF REDEMPTION AND THE END OF TIMES
IN RABBINIC INTERPRETATION
Günter Stemberger
REDEMPTION AND ISRAEL’S HOPE IN ISAAC ABRAVANEL’S INTERPRETATIONS
OF THE SERVANT OF THE LORD PROPHECIES
Mariano Gómez Aranda
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES:
A PROPHECY AND ITS RECEPTION (ISAIAH 2.2-5)
Göran Eidevall

Part III
OTHER PERSPECTIVES
WHEN BIBLE QUOTATIONS STRUCTURE A TEXT:
THE USE OF THE BIBLE IN AN ASSYRIAN LEGEND OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Martin Tamcke
A NIGGUN FOR OUR TIMES:
LEONARD COHEN’S ‘HALLELUJAH’
Ruth Illman
WALKING TOWARDS THE HERALD OF GOOD TIDINGS:
AN EPILOGUE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JUDAH HALEVI
Pekka Lindqvist
Index of References
Index of Authors