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How the prophetic books came to us

Professor Daniel Block offers some helpful thoughts on the complex stages by which the prophetic books of the First Testament came to us:

1. The prophetic event: the prophet receives his message from God.2. The rhetorical event: the prophet transmits that message to his/her audience.3. The transcriptional event: the oracle is committed to written text.4. The narratorial event: the account of the circumstances of the prophetic event are added to the transcribed oracle, creating a complete literary unit.5. The compilation event: the literary units are gathered.6. The editorial event: the collection is organized and the individual oracles are stitched together by means of connective and correlative notes, resulting in a more or less coherent book.7. The nominal event: a formal heading is added to the book, identifying the prophet, the circumstances of ministry, and genre of the collection (e.g., Ezek 1:1–3).8. The updating process.9. The transmission process.10. The “canonicling” event.

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