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ISBN: 083082653X
Author: Brent Sandy
Language: English
Publisher: IVP Academic; 10/16/02 edition (October 22, 2002)
Pages: 263
Category: Bible Study & Reference
Subcategory: Bibles
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They may not agree on every point, but all of us can appreciate the call for a consistent and careful approach to prophetic texts. This is important to me since I have become quite weary of entrepreneurial types misappropriating Revelation to make a profit or making predictions that are no better than tabloid fodder.

In this book, Sandy provides a solid and educated argument for a hermeneutic of prophecy and apocalyptic that focuses more on the macro message and less on the micro details. But Sandy's argument is persuasive and in The books of the Prophets are probably among the least understood and most abused texts of the Bible.

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Publication: Downers Grove : IVP Academic, 2002Description: 263 . SBN: 0-8308-2653-X. Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and indexes. 22.

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Eschatology, End Times.

What are we to make of Isaiah's image of Mount Zion as the highest of the mountains, or Zechariah's picture of the Mount of Olives split in two, or Daniel's "beast rising out of the sea" or Revelation's "great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns"? How can Peter claim that on the day of Pentecost the prophecy of Joel was being fulfilled, with signs in heaven and wonders on earth, the sun turned to darkness and the moon to blood? The language and imagery of biblical prophecy has been the source of puzzlement for many Christians and a point of dispute for some. How ironic that is! For the prophets and seers were the wordsmiths of their time. They took pains to speak God's word clearly and effectively to their contemporaries. How should we, as citizens of the twenty-first century, understand the imagery of this ancient biblical literature? Are there any clues in the texts themselves, any principles we can apply as we read these important but puzzling biblical texts? D. Brent Sandy carefully considers the language and imagery of prophecy and apocalyptic, how it is used, how it is fulfilled within Scripture, and how we should read it against the horizon of our future. Clearly and engagingly written, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks is the kind of book that gives its readers a new vantage point from which to view the landscape of prophetic and apocalyptic language and imagery.

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Laitchai
Oh now I needed this book! Easy to understand and comprehend. I've spent the past 25 years studying and interpreting scripture incorrectly for the most part. I'm grateful for the clarity of this book.
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The subtitle on this book pretty much sums up the scope of this book-"Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic". This is important to me since I have become quite weary of entrepreneurial types misappropriating Revelation to make a profit or making predictions that are no better than tabloid fodder. This is especially true since it leads a ton of people astray. Although I do not fully agree with all the hermeneutic principles outlined in this text there is enough here to have people rethink what they have often assumed to be "rock solid" interpretation of prophecy. Since a lot of the Old Testament prophecy has been fulfilled we know that in some cases we can interpret the prophets almost exactly, in some cases we need to view what they said and wrote through a "soft" or "fuzzy" lens. Complete literal interpretation of prophecy just doesn't fly and is pretty much a misreading of the prophecies in the Bible and this is where this book comes in handy. It runs through all the figures of speech and how you do not need to be an expert on all of them to be able to realize that some passages are nebulous and sometimes need to remain that way because in the much larger scope of things, analyzing explicit details takes away from the overall larger holistic picture. When the prophets attempt to describe the divine as in the case of Isaiah 6 human language and human words totally fall short. Mankind is limited to their ability to describe God and the limitation stems from our vocabulary and means of communication. How do you describe the infinite with a finite set of word symbols (i.e.:words)?

The section that is exceptional impact is "How Will Prophecies Be Fulfilled?", in particular pages 188-194. These six pages may make you rethink your presupposition and position on prophecy altogether. Am I condoning heresy or a heretical view point? Only to those that are probably misinterpreting unfulfilled prophecy already. I will leave you with a quote from the book that warrants close scrutiny.

"Tension naturally exists between the notions that the faithful should be ready for the end and that they cannot be ready. The end is expected at any moment, but will come at an unexpected moment. This dualism is due in part to the ethical dimension of the apocalyptic. The call to purity is strengthened if the end will occur imminently, and is strengthened if the end may catch us off guard. Because we expect it soon, we live accordingly. Because we cannot expect it precisely, we live accordingly. It is expected to be unexpected. Just like the second coming presumably could've occurred in the first century--as many Christians expected--or in every century since. Was the Lord's return imminent across the span of two thousand years? What about the events of every generation that were identified as sure signs of His coming...Current events simply cannot be claimed as the sign of his coming, no matter how many wars and rumors of wars there are."

Another brilliant quote from the conclusion:

"It is often in retrospect or in the present that biblical prophecies achieve their greatest importance."

On the night of Jesus' betrayal He twice gave them [disciples] the important perspective on all that He was saying to them. He told them so, "that when it does happen you will believe that I am He" ~John 13:19.

Knowing this we can then realize that it is not always the intent to reveal the future as much as to confirm and explain the past and illuminate the present conditions surrounding the reader.

Although some events could be interpreted as signs of the Lord's imminent return (and in a sense, they are) to draw definitive conclusions on metaphorical apocalyptic language that is not often meant to be taken literally is to do and injustice to the intent and real meaning of the prophecy.

This book may not follow my exact hermeneutucal grid or theology to the letter but it is well worth the few days to read through. It is a quick read. Take those few days and it will bless you the rest of your life.

Rating: 92 Pruning Hooks Out of 100
Moronydit
A very interesting perspective on the prophetic and apocalyptic literature. Good scholarship. A fairly easy read with an excellent content. Highly recommend.
Whilingudw
This book is one of the best books I have read on the use of language in apocalyptic literature.
Saintrius
This book is a great example of what Biblical Theology can do with a topic. It is a careful analysis of apocalyptic and prophetic language in the Bible. Chances are, like me, you've been reading the Bible wrong. I first became suspicious of the ideas presented in this book when I really started to pay attention to the fulfilled prophesies in Matthew. If you raised in Dispensationalism or any other tradition that might take prophesy too literally this book is eye opening!
Stanober
Plowshares and Pruning Hooks is a book for the serious Bible student, written by a Greek scholar.
It explores the often-mysterious language of Bible prophecy with scholarly depth, but is still
accessible to a lay person. Sometimes controversial and always thought-provoking, this is a
worthwhile study. Disclaimer: I went to college with the author and have a high regard for him.
ndup
this is a great book for anyone intrested in eschatology. If you have a passion for knowing the truth of prophecy read this book.
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