Kings and Prophets

Saul, David, Solomon, Elijah, Jonah, Isaiah and Jeremiah

Emil Bock

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Argues for the importance of the Old Testament prophets for the modern world.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
368 pages
Publication date:
23 Nov 2006
2nd edition


In an age where much of the Bible is frequently proclaimed to be irrelevant, perhaps it is the prophets of the Old Testament who are the least regarded of all. What significance could these obscure historical figures from a small nation -- at best, examples of moral uprightness and devotion -- have for us today?

Emil Bock argues that they are, in fact, hugely relevant. He shows that it was among the Israelite-Jewish people of the last pre-Christian millennium that the true pulse of the spirit of the age was beating. For that period, they were the brightly-illuminated centre of world history, a focus for all the life and endeavours of humankind.

He paints a picture of the Old Testament prophets as being guided from above by the spirit of Christ, preparing the way for his human incarnation. In a parallel analogy, he also shows how the prophets help prepare our own souls to meet Christ.


'This study of old Testament kings and prophets is framed within an evolutionary idea of the humanisation of consciousness. His argument is that the key figures reveal themseles as progressive metamorphoses prefiguring and leading up to the incarnation of Christ.'
-- Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2007


Emil Bock (1895–1959) was one of the founders of the Christian Community in 1922, and led the movement from 1938 until his death.

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