The Prophets is one of a series of six textbooks covering the Old and New Testaments, all written by authors who have extensive experience of teaching students in their first two years of university-level study. This book offers an exploratory approach that enables students to engage with the text for themselves, and not simply to be passive learners. It offers activities and challenges at introductory and intermediate levels, key background information needed to work at the required level, and ideas for further thought and reading. Students will discover: the kind of literature they are dealing with: the historical context and background of the prophets: the major questions in the scholarly study of these books: the structure and purpose of each book: the major themes and theology of each book: issues for today arising from each area of study. 'Gordon McConville has written a highly readable introduction to the Hebrew prophets that locates them in their ancient historical setting, opens up the prophetic texts in the light of the most recent scholarship, and brings out their relevance for modern living. It fulfils superbly its aim of making the prophets accessible to the student reader.' Professor Robert P. Gordon, University of Cambridge. 'McConville utilizes the best scholarship as well as his own considerable knowledge and creative energies to produce an study of the prophets that will serve admirably as a textbook for a class or resource for individual study. I recommend this book highly to all who want to learn more about this important part of Hebrew Scriptures.' Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College. Comments on Exploring the New Testament, Volume 1: '[A] gem...avoiding the twin dangers of overwhelming the student with detail or oversimplifying complex issues, the authors offer invaluable summaries, charts and questions that will deepen learning...' Michael B. Thompson, Vice-Principal, Ridley Hall. 'I like the dynamic, interactive approach of this textbook...an excellent introduction to the critical questions...I can see it working at a range of levels.' The Revd Dr Loveday Alexander, Senior Lecturer in New Testament, University of Sheffield. 'I know no better book for its purpose and I am sure it will be extensively used.' Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament Studies, St Mark's College, University of St Andrews.