The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets: Then and Now

Book, 2019, 272 pp
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This book examines the liberation journey that is the heart of the Hebrew Scriptures. The work begins with a careful reading of narrative, prophetic and legal texts from the Hebrew Scriptures. All of these texts reveal exodus, the journey from constriction, as a fundamental biblical concern. After showing how the message of the Hebrew Prophets represents a consistent theme throughout Scripture, the author traces the further refinement of these liberation themes in contemporary writers and prophets such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Paulo Freire, Gustavo Guttiâerez, Erich Fromm, Martin Luther King, Beverly Harrison, Maya Angelou, Robin Wall Kimmerer and bell hooks. The book shows how the insights of these prophets, ancient and modern, offer guidance for confronting current challenges for readers of all faiths and backgrounds.

"I finished this book with waves of wonder and gratitude."

- From the Foreword by Walter Brueggemann

With a creative mix of objective scholarship and personal experience, Nahum Ward-Lev explores the inner vibrancy at the heart of liberation movements. In a manner both gentle and bold, this wonderfully well written book inspires us as citizens to bring our passion, creativity, and imagination to the sacred work of building a society that supports the flourishing of all."

- Parker J. Palmer,
author of Healing the Heart of Democracy

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