An introductory study of the historical and sociological background, theology, and application of the Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament.
This course focuses upon the Old Testament texts of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Particular attention is paid to the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. This subject moves on from introduction to more detailed expositional study.
Old Testament prophetic literature contains some of history’s most profound messages in response to the social-cultural issues of ancient Israel and Judah. The church of today faces many of the same types of issues. Understanding this literature is important for addressing issues that the church faces today. These books also provide background for the New Testament theology. Since a thorough grounding in biblical literature is foundational for those who minister, practical application and relevance for preaching and teaching ministries are given special attention.
Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements
Students will show growth in the following ways:
- Character Formation: Apply biblical study to personal spiritual formation and to ministry responses including preaching and teaching.
- Content Processing with Peers: Identify the theological motifs and understand ethical implications contained in the Old Testament prophetic literature.
- Ministry Capability Development: Explain the message of a passage from the Prophets in such a way that it leads to the spiritual growth of a group of people.
- Application in Mission and Community: Identify and explain relevant ways that the Prophets speak to needs within the students’ cultural context.
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