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If people claim to speak for God, what enables us to know when to credit or discredit the claim? This book analyses the criteria for discernment of prophetic authenticity in the Old Testament, and for discernment of apostolic authenticity in the New Testament; and also considers their validity and viability in a contemporary context. After explaining the biblical concept of prophetic and apostolic speech on God's behalf, Moberly offers close readings of the biblical text so as to bring to life the distinctive voices, especially those of Jeremiah and St Paul, which speak of critical discernment. He addresses contemporary difficulties with the whole idea that humans might speak for God and analyses the nature of authentic spirituality. Throughout the discussion the premise is that the biblical treatment of discernment illuminates the fundamental human issue of the need to know who may be trusted and why.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521051040
ISBN-10: 0521051045
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - R. W. L. Moberly

Dr R. W. L. Moberly is Reader in Theology at the University of Durham. He is author of The Bible, Theology and Faith: A Study of Abraham and Jesus (2000), the fifth volume in the Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine series.

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