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Path of the Prophets
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Illuminating the ethical legacy of the biblical prophets, Path of the Prophets identifies the prophetic moment in the lives of eighteen biblical figures and demonstrates their compelling relevance to us today.

While the Bible almost exclusively names men as prophets, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz celebrates heroic, largely unknown biblical women such as Shiphrah, Tirzah, and Hannah. He also deepens readers’ interpretations of more familiar biblical figures not generally thought of as prophets, such as Joseph, Judah, and Caleb.

Schwartz introduces the prophets with creative, first-person retellings of their decisive experiences, followed by key biblical narratives, context, and analysis. He weighs our heroes’ and heroines’ legacies—their obstacles and triumphs—and considers how their ethical examples live on; he guides us on how to integrate biblical-ethical values into our lives; and he challenges each of us to walk the prophetic path today.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Accolades, Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. About This Book
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface: Why the Prophets?
  2. pp. xv-xxxii
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  1. Introduction: The Ethics-Driven Life
  2. pp. xxxiii-lxiv
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  1. Part 1. To Do Justly
  1. 1. Abraham’s Argument: The Path of Protest
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Shiphrah’s Defiance: The Path of Civil Disobedience
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. 3. Moses’ Encounter: The Path of Freedom
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. 4. Tirzah’s Challenge: The Path of Equality
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. 5. Samuel’s Warning: The Path of Rebuke
  2. pp. 53-68
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  1. 6. Nathan’s Parable: The Path of Righteousness
  2. pp. 69-80
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  1. Part 2. To Love Mercy
  1. 7. Judah’s Step Forward: The Path of Repentance
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 8. Joseph’s Cry: The Path of Forgiveness
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. 9. Ruth’s Vow: The Path of Kindness
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. 10. Elisha’s Invitation: The Path of Healing
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. 11. Jeremiah’s Scroll: The Path of Hope
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. 12. Jonah’s Lesson: The Path of Compassion
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. Part 3. To Walk Humbly
  1. 13. Miriam’s Celebration: The Path of Joy
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. 14. Caleb’s Spirit: The Path of Faith
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. 15. Hannah’s Prayer: The Path of Prayer
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. 16. Elijah’s Voice: The Path of Humility
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. 17. Isaiah’s Vision: The Path of Peace
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. 18. Ezra’s Torah: The Path of Wisdom
  2. pp. 219-232
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  1. A Prophetic Glossary
  2. pp. 233-234
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  1. Study Guide: Living the Bible
  2. pp. 235-272
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-282
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 283-286
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