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The Art of Prophecy


The Art of Prophecy

A How-To Guide from Beyond the Grave by Amos, a Major Minor Prophet

von: David Breeden, Wally Swist

27,99 €

Verlag: Wipf And Stock Publishers
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 18.06.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781666702033
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 252

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This book-length poem imagines the Hebrew prophet Amos writing his memoirs from beyond the grave. Born into poverty and obscurity, Amos the shepherd and sycamore pruner faced daunting challenges in his attempts to follow what he heard as God's charge to change the social structures of his time. He had his vocation and his art, but what chance did he have against entrenched political corruption and religious hypocrisy? As Amos examines his life, his art, his message, and his failure, he recognizes the impossibilities of the trackless path out of the desert that he walked in life, and he faces the awful truth that "reality has authors." The poor do not write that reality, and Amos takes both pride and umbrage that he is recorded forever in the biblical canon as a "major minor prophet." From the comfort of the afterlife, Amos explores life's deepest questions with such companions as Laozi, King David, William Shakespeare, and Michel Foucault. Amos learns that telling the truth isn't easy or perhaps possible, even from beyond the grave. Still, he cannot avoid considering human existence and asking: Is it necessary to speak truth to power when victory is impossible?
David Breeden has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
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<br> Breeden has published many books of poetry and translations.&#xa0;He serves on the Education Committee of the American Humanist Association, as adjunct faculty at Meadville Lombard Theological School, is an associate member of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, and is senior minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, a historically humanist congregation.
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<br> David&#xa0;blogs at&#xa0;https://medium.com/@davidbreeden7. He tweets at @dbreeden.
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“David Breeden develops a doxological lyricism here that is also dialectical and intrinsic to an ontological phenomenology in which he constructs a language that is both poetical and metaphysical at once. Perhaps in doing so he is paying homage to both Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard. However, he makes this book-length persona poem regarding Amos a work of visionary and prophetic beneficence—worthy of the announcement of a newly amended New Testament.”
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<br> —Wally Swist, poet and essayist
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