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Explore the Prophets
We hope that you will enjoy and learn from our journey through the books of the Prophets and that by the end of the module, a doorway for further study of these key Old Testament books will have opened.
Explore the Prophets- Contents Page
Unit 1: Introducing the Prophets
- Two brief reminders
- Who were the prophets?
- The titles by which the prophets were known
- The role the prophets played within Israel
- Were there prophets outside of Israel?
- How true prophets were recognised
- The main features of the prophetic message
Unit 2: A Question of History
- The Old Testament (OT) as history
- An overview of Israel’s story
- The shape of the former prophets’ story
Unit 3: Into the Good Land
- Israel’s attitude to the Promised Land
- Israel’s conquest of the land through Holy War
- God’s purpose for Israel, expressed in the Promised Land
Unit 4: God’s presence, God’s rule
- Samuel’s role in Israel
- Why was the Ark of the Covenant taken in battle?
- Why did Israel ask for a King?
- Saul’s kingship
- David’s kingship
- The symbol of God’s presence in Israel
Unit 5: Dominion, division and decline
- The kingdom of Solomon
- After Solomon: Division in the Kingdom of Israel
- The story of Israel and Judah
- The significance of Elijah and Elisha
Unit 6: The Lord is King
- The location and timeframe of Isaiah’s prophecy
- Subdividing the book of Isaiah
- The key themes in Isaiah
Unit 7: A Question of History
- Who was Jeremiah?
- Jeremiah’s message
- The major themes of the book of Jeremiah
Unit 8: Hope for the Hopeless
- The location and timeframe of Ezekiel’s prophecy
- Ezekiel’s role and message
- Subdividing the book of Ezekiel
- Why was Jerusalem overthrown?
- The significance of Ezekiel’s oracles against the nations
- What will become of God’s great purpose?
Unit 9: The Twelve Minor Prophets
- The location and timeframe of Hosea’s prophecy
- The structure of the book of Hosea
- More about the marriage metaphor in Hosea
- The message of Hosea
- The genre of the book of Jonah
- The missiological dimension of Jonah
- Key lesson taught in the book of Jonah
- Israel’s return and fulfilment of the promise of restoration
Unit 10: All that the Prophets have Spoken
- The goal of Israelite history
- Jesus brings restoration
- Jesus fulfils all that the prophets have spoken
- In what way was Jesus a prophet?
- The relationship between the gospel and prophecy