7th and 8th Century Prophets
Elective unit for postgraduate students.
Content: This unit aims to introduce the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel through an in-depth exploration of prophetic books that have their roots in the 8thC BCE, especially Amos and Hosea. It will explore the historical background assumed by these books, and survey modern theories about their growth and composition. Critical and exegetical tools will be used to study selected passages from Amos and Hosea (with some excursions into Micah and Isaiah), in light of modern schools of study. Particular attention will be paid to a number of theological themes within these writings (including justice and righteousness; loyal love; knowledge of God; divine suffering), and the relevance of these themes within current ‘prophetic voices’.
Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit, undergraduate students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel during the 8th century BCE.
- Discuss a variety of scholarly approaches to studying the texts of Amos and Hosea.
- Describe the major theological themes in Amos and Hosea, and discuss these in relation to the socio-political climate of the 8th century BCE and the wider theological diversities of the Hebrew Bible.
- Compare the issues faced by these prophets, and their responses to these issues, with current issues and ‘prophetic voices.’
- At third level students will also be able to reflect theologically on the place of the ‘prophetic voice’ in the church in our context.
At postgraduate level students will be able to
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel during the 8th century BCE
- Critically discuss a variety of scholarly approaches to studying the texts of Amos and Hosea
- Describe the major theological themes in Amos and Hosea, and discuss these in relation to the socio-political climate of the 8th century BCE and the wider theological diversities of the Hebrew Bible
- Compare the issues faced by these prophets, and their responses to these issues, with current issues and ‘prophetic voices’
- Reflect theologically on the place of the ‘prophetic voice’ in the church in our context in a critically rigorous, sustained, and self-directed manner
Faculty: Merryl Blair
Level 2: BA1001S
Level 3: 45 points in Field B including 30 points in Hebrew Bible
Level 9: 15 points in Biblical studies
Teaching Methods: 12 weeks: 1 x 2 hours lecture periods per week, plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial period per week. Students will each present an exegetical study of a selected passage from Amos or Hosea. All students are expected to attend and participate in lectures and tutorial discussion.
Offered: 2016. Semester 2 at Mulgrave.
One 2,500 word essay 50%
One 750 word critical reflection on set reading 20%
One 1,500 word tutorial paper 30%
One 3,000 word essay 50%
One 1000 word critical reflection on set reading 20%
One 2,000 word tutorial paper 30%
One 3,000 word essay 50%
One 3.000 word tutorial paper (exegesis) 50%
de Moor, Johannes C. (ed), The Elusive Prophet. Leiden: Brill, 2001.
Carroll R, M. Daniel, Amos, the prophet and his oracles: research on the Book of Amos. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2002
Domeris, W.R. Touching the Heart of God: The Social Construction of Poverty among Biblical Peasants. New York: T&T Clark, 2007.
Gossai, H. Justice and Righteousness in the Social Critique of the Eighth-Century Prophets. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.
Hagerdorn, A, & A. Mein (eds), Aspects of Amos. New York: T & T Clark, 2011.
Houston, W. Contending for Justice: Ideologies and Theologies of Social Justice in the Old Testament. London: T&T Clark, rev edn 2008.
Landy, Francis. Hosea. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2011.
Nogalski, James D. & Marvin A. Sweeney (eds), Reading and hearing the Book of the Twelve. Atlanta: SBL, 2000.
O’Brien, Julia M. Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2008.
Stulman, Louis, & Kim, Hyun Chul Paul, You are My People: an Introduction to Prophetic Literature. Nashville, Abingdon, 2010.