The story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later: the highly anticipated second volume in Everett Fox’s landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible.
The four books that comprise The Early Prophets look at tribal rivalries, dramatic changes in leadership, and the intrusions of neighboring empires through the prism of a Divine-human relationship. Over the centuries, the faithful have read these narratives as demonstrations of the perils of disobeying God’s will, and time and again the Jews in exile found that they spoke to their own situations of cultural assimilation, destruction, and the reformulation of identity.
But beyond its importance as a foundational religious document, The Early Prophets is a great work of literature, a powerful and distinctive narrative history that seeks meaning in the midst of national catastrophe. Accompanied by illuminating commentary, notes, and maps, Everett Fox’s masterly translation re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays of the Hebrew original that rhetorically underscore its meaning and are intrinsic to a timeless text meant to be both studied and read aloud.