The Prophets: A Study of the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament (MP3 Download)

//The Prophets: A Study of the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament (MP3 Download)

The Prophets: A Study of the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament (MP3 Download)

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In this course, students will be exposed to the key literary and historical issues involved in the study of the prophetic literature of the Old Testament. This course will explore the key tenants of Old Testament eschatological hopes – hopes for a Messiah, a new Creation, a new Exodus, a new Kingdom and a new Temple.

Reading the prophetic literature within its historical context is crucial for the proper interpretation of the text. To achieve this, you will learn about the historical situations facing the kingdoms of Judah and Israel in the eighth through to the sixth centuries B.C. You will discover the significance of the Covenant to the Israelite people and how obedience or disobedience to the covenant affects the course of history. Through the eyes of the prophets, this course will look at historical events such as the Assyrian invasion of Israel in 722 B.C., and the destruction of the Temple and the Babylonian Exile in 586 B.C. Some of the high-points of the prophetic literature studied in this course are: Hosea’s use of nuptial imagery to describe God’s relationship with his people (Hos 2); Jeremiah’s promise of the new covenant (Jer 31); Isaiah’s Servant Songs (Isa 42, 49, 50, 52-3); Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezek 37); the New Exodus imagery of Isaiah (Isa 40); and the apocalyptic visions of the writing on the wall and the Son of Man in Daniel (Dan 7).

Finally, you will come to see how the advent of Christ, his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, and his sending of the Holy Spirit fulfill the eschatological hopes of the Old Testament Prophets.

Duration: 618 minutes in total.

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church (n.64) states, “Through the prophets, God forms his people in the hope of salvation, in the expectation of a new and everlasting Covenant intended for all, to be written on their hearts.” In this course, students will be exposed to the key literary and historical issues involved in the study of the prophetic literature of the Old Testament. This course will explore the key tenants of Old Testament eschatological hopes – hopes for a Messiah, a new Creation, a new Exodus, a new Kingdom and a new Temple.

Reading the prophetic literature within its historical context is crucial for the proper interpretation of the text. To achieve this, students will learn about the historical situations facing the kingdoms of Judah and Israel in the eighth through to the sixth centuries B.C. Students will discover the significance of the Covenant to the Israelite people and how obedience or disobedience to the covenant affects the course of history. Through the eyes of the prophets, this course will look at historical events such as the Assyrian invasion of Israel in 722 B.C., and the destruction of the Temple and the Babylonian Exile in 586 B.C.

In this six week course, amongst other things, we will cover some of the high-points of the prophetic literature: Hosea’s use of nuptial imagery to describe God’s relationship with his people (Hos 2); Jeremiah’s promise of the new covenant (Jer 31); Isaiah’s Servant Songs (Isa 42, 49, 50, 52-3); Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezek 37); the New Exodus imagery of Isaiah (Isa 40); and the apocalyptic visions of the writing on the wall and the Son of Man in Daniel (Dan 7).

Finally, students will come to see how the advent of Christ, his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, and his sending of the Holy Spirit fulfil the eschatological hopes of the Old Testament Prophets.

Course Objectives

  1. To understand the historical events behind the prophetic literature.
  2. To understand how obedience and disobedience to the social and cultic prescriptions of the Covenant impacted the course of Israel’s history.
  3. To recognise the centrality of the Temple and its cult, and the Kingdom in the prophetic literature.
  4. To see how the eschatological hopes of the prophets are fulfilled in the life, works, and teaching of Jesus Christ and his Church.

Lecture Titles
Lecture 1: Introduction: The Role of the Prophets in Salvation History.
Lecture 2: Background to the Prophets: Mosaic Covenant and Davidic Kingdom.
Lecture 3: Covenant History, Judgment and the Call to Repentance (Isaiah 1-5).
Lecture 4: The Call of Isaiah and the Immanuel Prophecies (Isaiah 6-12).
Lecture 5: Prophetic Words of Covenant Love (Book of Hosea).
Lecture 6: ‘You Did Not Return to Me’ (Book of Amos).
Lecture 7: Jeremiah’s Prophecies of Judgment.
Lecture 8: The Hope of Restoration in the Book of Jeremiah.
Lecture 9: Ezekiel’s Prophetic Career and Criticism of Judah’s Corruption.
Lecture 10: Ezekiel’s History of Israel and Promise of Restoration and Resurrection.
Lecture 11: Isaiah’s Suffering Servant: Introduction to the Book of Daniel (Dan 1 & 5).
Lecture 12: Visions of Four Kingdoms and the Son of Man (Dan 2 & 7).