This course will introduce you to the background, content, and theology of Amos, Hosea, Jonah, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, and Zephaniah. We will study the Assyrian period (8th-7th centuries B.C.) of the Hebrew prophets within which God spoke through the prophets Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jonah, Nahum, and Zephaniah. Witness the passion of God’s love for His people, His kindness to those humbled by their life’s circumstances, and His anger towards those who oppress the helpless. See how a nation on the brink of disastrous judgment can experience indulgent prosperity. Learn how God’s sovereignty makes every wrong right; and how His laws not only determine the fate of Israel, but also establish His standard of judgment for all peoples. These books reveal both the unity and the conflict within the heart of God: yearning love and painful betrayal, mercy and wrath, judgment and forgiveness.
As a result of successful completion, you will be able to:
- Recognize the historical and political backgrounds of the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.
- Understand aspects of pagan prophecy and worldview
- Understand the function of Hebrew prophets and prophecy
- Recognize the political and cultural settings of Amos and Hosea
- Recognize the key themes of Amos, Hosea, Jonah, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum and Zephaniah
- Understand the function of the prophet
LaSor, Hubbard, Bush, Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, & Background of the O.T., 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996)
*The books listed are subject to change without notice until the opening of registration for each quarter/term. Please refer to the course Syllabi available during registration for all reading requirements for each course.
Registration Open: September 2nd 2019
Registration Close / Quarter Start: September 30th 2019
Course Add/Drop Ends: October 7th 2019
Quarter Close: December 8th 2019
Southland Church is a registered local ‘campus’ of Vineyard Institute.
If you are a new student you must enrol with Vineyard Institute; click the Vineyard Institute enrolment link below (Church affiliation is “Other/Southland Church“) –
After your enrolment has been approved by Vineyard Institute or if you are an existing Vineyard Institute student you need to register for ‘Matthew and Mark‘ via the student portal on the Vineyard Institute website.
To Join the optional Monday evening study group at Southland Church, click the link below –
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