This is an exhaustive and perceptive analysis of the use of 'mishpat' and 'sdq' in the Hebrew Bible and in particular the Eight-Century Prophets. The author focuses on the social critique of these prophets and the role of 'mishpat' and 'sdq' in this development. Further, the book offers an insightful exploration of chosen texts and provides a daring platform for contemporary society to discern the intrinsic connection between worship and social justice.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Professor Gossai is the first to have made a detailed study of the different ways in which the Hebrew terms (and their cognates) for 'righteous(ness)' and 'just(ice)' are used in different parts of the Hebrew Bible. Only when this firm linguistic-analytical basis has been laid does the author apply his findings to the use of these same terms by the great social prophets of eighth-century BCE Israel. This work will prove invaluable not only to all who are interested in the social critique applied by those great figures in that period of Israel's history, but also to those who are looking for a solid biblical (Old Testament) base for the wider study of peace, justice, and political and cultural freedom in society today." - James D. Martin University of St. Andrews, Scotland
"Professor Gossai has provided a careful and thorough-going examination of these central notions in the social critique of the eighth-century prophets. His work is full conversant with contemporary research and points to the relevance of these prophetic voices for our own time. It is an impressive piece of work." - James Limburg Luther Theological Seminary
Hemchand Gossai is Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University. He is also the author of 'River Crossings: Memories of a Journey.'