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About the Author

D. N. Premnath is academic dean and associate professor of biblical studies at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, New York.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827208170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827208179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Spender on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
DN Premnath has collected and isolated a significant amount of material relating to eighth century Israel and the prophets assigned to that period by modern scholarship.

Premnath's book is divided into two main sections. He begins with a discussion of the social and economic climate of Israel leading up to and including the eight century B.C. The focus of the first part (chapters 1-3) is upon the land of Israel. Included is a discussion of land ownership, political control, and economic production, most of which is centered in land ownership and land productivity. The second part of the book is an analysis of specific passages from the eighth century prophets (Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah). Short passages are discussed for their contribution to the topic of land development, ownership, and control. Premnath accentuates the tension that grew between the rich and the poor during this time. Some repetition occurs with the first section to the degree that it participates in the broader discussion of the first section.

The author's analysis is interesting, helpful at times, but narrowly focused and shaped by sociological perspectives. While influenced by minimalists like R. B. Coote his own study emphasizes a fair amount of the historical perspective from the eighth century prophets. Where comparative material from archaeology is found the book resembles the work of Philip King's on Amos, Hosea, and Micah.

Premnath's penchant for assuming context that favors his position shows in his comments on various passages. For example, the audience of Amos 4:1-3 is the women of Samaria, who Premnath assumes to be wives of the court officials that are then identified as "wealthy large estate owners, and merchants," 141.
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A Kid's Review on March 17, 2005
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My mom gave me this book to read while I was in the hospital; better than anything that I would've watched on TV. The book used a lot of Hebrew words that I didn't understand but since I was in a hospital, many of the doctors could explain them to me. Thanks,
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