A clear, concise and up-to-date introduction a central topic in biblical studies Written with the needs of students in mind Provides readers with the 'big picture' and shows how they can develop the skills to formulate their own interpretations The prophetic books are some of the most captivating and fascinating texts of the Old Testament. They are also some of the most misunderstood. This book aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills they require to interpret the prophetic books in a faithful and accurate fashion. The work consists of two parts. In the first, the author focuses on the various 'worlds' of Israel's prophets (historical, social, theological and 'literary'). This provides the basic contextual and background information that students need to exegete the literature. In the second, he focuses on developing a methodology which students can employ when seeking to interpret a section from a prophetic text. After working through the book, readers should emerge as more competent and confident interpreters of the prophetic literature.