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Eighth-Century Prophets

OT422/622

Workload: One semester, 4 credit points.
STATUS:
Elective
PRE-REQUISITES / CO-REQUISITES / EXCLUSIONS: Completion of either OT301 or OT501 Old Testament Foundations
WHEN: TBA
WHO: Andrew Abernethy

The elite were prospering. The poor were disregarded. Devotion was drifting away from the Lord to other gods. This is not behaviour fitting for a people in covenant with the Lord. During this time, God was raising up a mighty empire, Assyria, to bring judgment on his rebellious people that they may repent. It is within this context that the eighth-century prophets spoke and embodied God’s word. With the moral, religious and social structure of Israel and Judah in a spiral of decline, these prophets call out for justice and righteousness, warning of coming judgment, and hold out hope beyond judgment in light of the Lord’s love. Focusing on the books of Hosea and Micah, this unit will help students teach and apply these books in a way that’s faithful to the Biblical text as well as relevant to the problems of injustice and inequality which still exist today.

Content

  1. The theology of the Eighth Century Prophets, including such motifs as prophets and covenant, prophetic eschatology, law and cult, social justice, election, the remnant, foreign nations.
  2. Exegesis of the English text of two of the following—Joel, Hosea, Micah, Amos, and Isaiah 1:1–2.4, 5:1–10:4 (or comparable passages).  This unit will focus on Hosea and Micah.

 

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