Discovering the Hebrew Bible – Prophets

Take a closer look at famous biblical stories and at the lives of their characters as you take an unforgettable spiritual journey.

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  • Start Date
    August 06, 2017
  • Weekly Hours
    2hrs
  • Duration
    9 Months
  • Language
    English
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August 2017
Monday, 19:00-19:55
August 2017
Tuesday, 17:00-17:55

Delve into the fascinating world of the ancient prophets of Israel. Peel back the layers of translation and savor the true Hebrew prophecies as they were originally proclaimed.

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Jonathan Lipnick, M.A.

Jonathan Lipnick, M.A.

Jonathan Lipnick believes that a truly comprehensive understanding of Scripture must be capable of penetrating beneath the printed words to reveal the authentic world of…

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Syllabus Summary

  1. The word of the Lord came to me - Introduction to the Nevi’im: The Prophetic Books

    Welcome to our new course! We begin by exploring the question of the role of a prophet in ancient Israel. We look at the canon of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and which books are classified as “Nevi’im” in the Jewish tradition. We also survey the historical period in which the majority of these books were written: the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE), which encompasses the Period of the Judges as well as the First Temple Period.

  2. Proceed to cross the Jordan - Joshua: Part 1

    Welcome to our new course! We begin by exploring the question of the role of a prophet in ancient Israel. We look at the canon of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and which books are classified as “Nevi’im” in the Jewish tradition. We also survey the historical period in which the majority of these books were written: the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE), which encompasses the Period of the Judges as well as the First Temple Period.

  3. Down by a rope through the window - Joshua: Part 2

    We continue our exploration of the Book of Joshua by reading the enthralling story of Rahab, the Canaanite harlot who offered to hide the two Israelite spies on her Jericho rooftop. In return for Rahab’s kindness, the spies take an oath to spare Rahab’s family when Joshua’s army comes to conquer Jericho.

  4. With torches inside the jars - Judges: Part 1

    The period of the Judges refers to an interlude of approximately two centuries beginning with the conquest of the Land by Joshua (1200 BCE) and ending with the enthronement of the first king of Israel, Saul (1050 BCE). In this class, we will focus on the first half of the Book of Judges, concentrating on the figure of Gideon who defeated the Midianites using a remarkably minimalistic military tactic.

  5. He will begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines - Judges: Part 2

    In this class, we examine the captivating figure of Samson, the most tragic of the judges that dominated the Land of Israel prior to the establishment of the monarchy. The stories of Samson provide intriguing insights into the complex relationship between the Israelites and their Philistine neighbors on the Mediterranean coastal plain.

  6. A trustworthy prophet of the Lord - 1 Samuel: Part 1

    We begin our three-part investigation of the First Book of Samuel, by looking at the figure of Samuel. Samuel is the first individual in our course who truly fits the persona of a biblical prophet. We will read excerpts from the story of Samuel and Eli and investigate the reasons for Samuel’s resistance to the establishment of the monarchy.

  7. A handsome young man - 1 Samuel: Part 2

    We continue our survey of the First Book of Samuel by looking at another tragic figure: Saul, the first king of Israel. We will focus on Saul’s complex relationship with David as well as the Bible’s negative assessment of the institution of the monarchy, a theme that will follow through many of the prophetic books in this course.

  8. Rise and anoint him, for this is the one - 2 Samuel: Part 1

    We open the First Book of Samuel by looking at the legendary figure of David. From his humble beginnings as a shepherd in Bethlehem to his to his landmark foundation of a new capital in Jerusalem, David is doubtless the most towering biblical personage of the First Temple Period. In this class we will look at David’s early years as an outlaw on the run, his friendship with Jonathan, and his escape from the armies of Saul.

  9. Leaping and dancing before the Lord - 2 Samuel: Part 2

    David, unlike his predecessor Saul, was able to unite the twelve tribes of Israel and form a truly united kingdom of Israel. In this class we will look at David’s capture of the new capital city of Jerusalem and the transferal of the Ark of the Covenant to the future site of the Temple.

  10. The sword shall never depart from your house - 2 Samuel: Part 3

    Although David was a talented warrior, a devout poet and a brilliant statesman, he was far from perfect. In this class we will look at the story of David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, which began the downward spiral that eventually resulted in a rebellion by his own son Absalom.

  11. The wisdom of God was in him to execute justice - 1 Kings: Part 1

    In many ways, the rule of David’s son, Solomon was the golden age of the Israelite monarchy. During his reign the First Temple was built and the nation’s boundaries were expanded. In this class we will look at passages that deal with the renowned wisdom for which Solomon is so famous.

  12. What share do we have in David? - 1 Kings: Part 2

    Unfortunately, Solomon’s golden ideal of a powerful, internationally recognized united kingdom was not destined to survive. Popular resentment had been brewing for quite some time and after his death, the ten northern tribes formed the Kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam.

  13. Is it you, you troubler of Israel? - 1 Kings: Part 3

    In this class we will examine the 9th century BCE ascetic Elijah the Tishbite, one of the most noteworthy of the biblical prophets. We will read the story of the seventh king of the northern kingdom of Israel, Ahab, who married the Canaanite princess Jezebel. Elijah was highly critical of Ahab’s corruption, his love of luxury and his support for the idolatrous worship of Baal.

  14. Let me inherit a double share of your spirit - 2 Kings: Part 1

    In this class we take a look at Elijah’s successor, his pupil Elisha, who was active as a prophet and wonder-worker in the northern kingdom in the 9th century BCE. We will examine a selection of the miraculous events in Elisha’s life, including his raising of a child from the dead and the healing of Naaman the leper.

  15. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord - 2 Kings: Part 2

    In this class we look at the historical events which led to the fall of both the northern and southern kingdoms, culminating in the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. Our focus is the figure of Hezekiah. Although he was the king of Judah and not a prophet, Hezekiah had a rich spiritual life that bears a resemblance to the lifestyle of an Israelite prophet.

  16. I am a man of unclean lips - Isaiah: Part 1

    The Book of Isaiah is the most quoted, most definitive of the classic prophetic books of the Bible. It is also the longest of the prophetic books of the Bible, spanning 66 chapters. Thus, we will spend three classes exploring this rich text. In this first class we will look at some of Isaiah’s famous prophecies of the impending Assyrian devastation.

  17. To us a child is born - Isaiah: Part 2

    In addition to being a well-known political commentator in his own day, Isaiah became a highly cherished religious prognosticator in the centuries after his death. This is because of the abundance of prophetic material he devotes to the future Messiah. In this class we will examine the key passages from Isaiah which are quoted in the New Testament.

  18. They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit - Isaiah: Part 3

    In this class, we will take a closer look at Isaiah’s prophecies of the future restoration of the exiled people of Judah. Many of these passages played a crucial role in shaping the vision of the Zionist pioneers who established the State of Israel in the 20th century.

  19. Now I have put my words in your mouth - Jeremiah: Part 1

    Over the next two classes, we will investigate a selection of famous prophecies from the Book of Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah was active in the final years of the Kingdom of Judah prior to the Babylonian conquest. In this class, we will look at his call by God to become a prophet as well as his fascinating personal biography.

  20. Out of the north disaster shall break out - Jeremiah: Part 2

    We continue our exploration of Jeremiah by reading some of his famous prophecies of the future destruction of Jerusalem. Although Jeremiah is often regarded as a disconsolate “prophet of doom,” we will see that he also had an optimistic vision of the future in which God will rebuild Jerusalem and establish a “new covenant” with his people.

  21. Among the exiles by the River Chebar - Ezekiel: Part 1

    Over the next two classes, we will explore some of the most famous visions of the prophet Ezekiel, who was among the Judeans exiled to Babylon in the 6th century BCE. In this class we look at the call of Ezekiel and his mystifying vision of God’s glory.

  22. A sentinel for the house of Israel - Ezekiel: Part 2

    In our second class devoted to Ezekiel, we look at the prophet’s hope for the future restoration of the Judeans to their land. In particular, we will investigate excerpts from Ezekiel’s protracted vision of the new temple.

  23. When Israel was a child, I loved him - Hosea

    This class is devoted to the prophecies of Hosea, who lived in the northern kingdom in the 8th century BCE. Hosea underwent a major personal crisis when his wife left him and ended up a prostitute. We will look at the interesting way in which Hosea draws on his personal experiences of marital infidelity to describe the people as unfaithful to God.

  24. I will pour out my spirit on all flesh - Joel & Obadiah

    In this class, we will look at two of the shortest prophetic books together: Joel and Obadiah. Among the most cited prophecies in the Hebrew Bible is Joel’s vision of the “day of the Lord” in which God will pour out his spirit. We will take a closer look at what makes this triumphant passage so famous as well as how it compares to Obadiah’s cautionary vision of the “day of the Lord”.

  25. Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory - Amos

    In this class, we examine the prophecies of one of the earliest Hebrew prophets, Amos, who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel in the 8th century BCE. Amos is often known as a leading advocate of social justice, who critiqued the immoral prosperity of the upper classes.

  26. Forty days more and Nineveh shall be overthrown - Jonah & Nahum

    Jonah is a unique prophet, in that he was sent by God to proclaim a message to a foreign nation, the Ninevites, not to his own people of Israel. He is reluctant to accept this unusual mission and to his utter dismay, the Ninevites indeed repent. We will explore Jonah’s acceptance of God’s universal revelation as not reserved for Israel alone, a theme that other Hebrew prophets express as well. We will then turn to Nahum, which offers a gruesome portrait of the destruction of Nineveh by the Babylonians in 612 BCE.

  27. But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah - Micah

    This class is devoted to the prophecies of Micah, one the early prophets active in the 8th century BCE. Like many of the figures in this course, Micah advocated true worship of God, that is, living an authentically moral life within over the performance of meaningless rituals without. We will take a closer look at some of Micah’s key visions including the future messianic king from Bethlehem and his call for justice.

  28. But the righteous live by their faith - Habakkuk & Zephaniah

    In this class, we will look at two short prophetic books together: Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Although written at different times, both books deal with the theme of God’s judgment on the people for neglecting the covenant. We will explore the ways in which each prophet deals with this problem differently.

  29. I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy - Zechariah

    In this class, we look at the oracles of the prophet Zechariah, who was active during the period of the return of the exiles in the 6th century BCE. Zechariah is known for his vivid visions such as a lampstand that burns continuously and a flying scroll. We will examine these visions and how they serve to underscore the central message of avoiding hypocrisy and sin.

  30. I will fill this house with splendor - Haggai & Malachi

    In our final class, we again look at two short prophetic books together: Haggai and Malachi. Both prophets were active in the 6th century BCE and dealt primarily with the restoration of the people to the Land and the rebuilding of the Temple. The book of Malachi was chosen to conclude the canon of the Tanakh because of its final words which prophesy the return of the prophet Elijah, pointing directly towards the appearance of John the Baptist at the opening of the New Testament.

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