Prayer in the Major Prophets

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An overview is given of the occurrence of prayer in Isaiah and Jeremiah. Then, three representative prayers from each of them are discussed. This does not involve detailed exegesis, for the aim is to examine the theology expressed in prayer. Selected from Isaiah are the thanksgiving prayers of 38:10–20, the supplication of 51:9–11, and the prayer of lament and penitence of 63:7–64:11. The selection from Jeremiah consists of the penitential prayers of 14:7–9 and 19–22 (taken together) and the laments of 20:7–18 and 32:17–25, the latter of which is embedded in a narrative. In conclusion, some theological reflections are presented, in order to bring into focus the prayer perspectives of the major prophets and to describe their contribution to a biblical theology of prayer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiblical Theology of Prayer in the Old Testament
EditorsAlbert J. Coetsee, Francois P. Viljoen
Place of PublicationCapetown
PublisherAOSIS (Pty) Ltd
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-77995-274-5
ISBN (Print) 978-1-77995-272-1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameReformed Theology in Africa Series
PublisherAosis, Cape Town, South Africa
ISSN (Print)2706-6665


  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Prayer


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