OT502: HEBREW PROPHETS. Michael S. Moore
This course will examine selected texts in both the Former Prophets and the Latter Prophets of the Old Testament (i.e., the historical books from Joshua to Kings and the prophetic books from Isaiah to Malachi, sine Daniel and Lamentations), focusing attention on the historical, literary, canonical, and theological aspects of these ancient prophetic writings.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:
While the preacher brings GodŐs Word to the people, the seminary teacher has the prior obligation of bringing ministerial students to the Bible, the sacred text in which the revelation of the being and will of God is anchored in history, literature and culture. Students who complete this course will better understand that this portion of the Bible discloses GodŐs being as both Creator and Redeemer: creating and re-creating a community out of political, social, and spiritual chaos; and redeeming its penitent remnants from the wages of sin. They will understand better that divine sovereignty and human need are the two poles between which GodŐs prophets (still) operate.
Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated that they (1) have a knowledge and understanding of the Hebrew prophets books; (2) are able to interpret the Bible using a range of appropriate interpretive approaches, including those which reflect the diversity of contexts from which the text can be (and often is) contemporarily read; (3) have reflected on the nature of the Bible as both human word and holy Scripture; (4) have articulated some reflection on the significance of the Hebrew prophets for their discipleship and ministry.
Ten weeknights will provide 30 hours of in-class hours, time devoted to exegesis, lecture, creative participation exercises, DVD illustration, and group discussion.
The Bible [NRSV, TNIV, or CEB]. ŇJoshua-2 Kings; Isaiah-Ezekiel; Book of the Twelve.Ó
Gowan, Donald. Theology of the Prophetic Books: The Death and Resurrection of Israel. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1998. 250 pp. ISBN 0-6642-5689-9
Dorothy. Unmasking Apocalyptic Texts: A Guide to Preaching and Teaching.
Moore, Michael. Faith Under Pressure: A Study of Biblical Leaders in Conflict.
Wilson, Robert R. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel. Philadelphia:
Fortress, 1980. 313 pp.
1. Abstracts of Assigned Readings (9 pp.). 20%
2. Term Paper (12-15 pp.). 40%
3. Final Exam (7.5 pp.). 40%
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:
M.Div., core requirement in Old Testament ŇBÓ (OTB); M.A.T, Biblical Studies; MACL: OT