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by Adrian Smale last modified 28 Mar, 2020 08:00 PM

Minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible

Course from 1pm Mon 2nd to 2pm Thur 5th. This course will consider historical contexts and theological concepts in minor prophetic literature

Course from 1pm Mon 2nd to 2pm Thur 5th. This course will consider historical contexts and theological concepts in minor prophetic literature
This course will consider historical contexts and theological concepts in minor prophetic literature There will be a focus on Amos, Jonah, Zephaniah and Malachi in particular, as well as considerations of the reception of minor prophets in ancient religious literature more broadly. Minor prophetic literature is an understudied and often misunderstood genre of the Hebrew Bible. What did Amos intend to accomplish with his rousing, politically-laden speeches? Why did Jonah disobey God’s command? What does Zephaniah understand justice and love to be? What was Malachi’s mission and why did he care so much about the ancient Abrahamic covenant between God and the patriarch Abraham? What do these prophets have in common, and what makes a prophet anyway? These are just some of the questions which we will turn our attention to in this course, by considering minor prophetic literature through a historical, theological and reception-history based lens. We will begin by exploring the historical contexts of the prophetic books of Amos, Jonah, Zephaniah and Malachi with regard to their political, social and economic situation in the ancient world. Contextualising the books within their own history illuminates certain theological themes present within the writings, including restorative and social justice, divine judgment, repentance and forgiveness, covenantal expectations, human-divine relationships and love. These themes, however, are often revealed when the books are read through a literary or narratological perspective, so this course will also consider how approaching minor prophetic books from such perspectives opens them up to new interpretations and meaning. The final section of the course will consider historical, theological and literary contexts of the prophetic books more broadly by discussing the reception of prophetic literature in ancient religious literature, across historical traditions and into the present day, an analysis which draws attention the continued relevance of minor prophetic literature in contemporary society.

Tutor:
Zanne Domoney-Lyttle teaches at the University of Glasgow. Her interests focus on women and gender in the Hebrew Bible and the reception of biblical text in ancient and contemporary society.

This course is run by Sarum College. Visit our courses and events diary to view the full course programme https://www.sarum.ac.uk/events

Course details

Where Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE
When 13:00 - 14:00, Monday 2 November 2020
Last session Thursday 5 November 2020
Led by Zanne Domoney-Lyttle
Course suitable for Clergy
Course category CMD
Department Discipleship & Training
Availability Places available
Cost per place FREE
Booking deadline Sunday, 25 October 2020, 12:00am
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