The burden of the word

Bible scholar Samuel Terrien on the great prophets:

Amos (illustration by Gustave Doré from the 18...

“Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were prophets of the presence. Their visions are alive with shattering memories of glimpses of infinity, while the aesthetic quality of their individual styles points to the interpretative process by which poetic expression was initiated and sustained. The burden of the great prophets’ ‘office’ was the burden of the word which had privately been forced upon them. They subordinated their entire lives to the intrusion of the presence.”

~Samuel Terrien, The Elusive Presence


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