Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: War and Prophets
Prophecy is a subject shrouded in misconceptions. This course will focus on both the institution of prophecy and the individuals who functioned as prophets in ancient Israel, particularly in relation to war. The class will explore the following issues: Is war inevitable? What types of prophets are found in the Hebrew Bible? What role did the prophets play within their larger society? Did different prophets deliver different, or even conflicting, prophecies? Readings will include Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, as well as supplementary material.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- An understanding of literary themes in the Hebrew Bible
- The curious and creative
- Professionals who use critical thinking