Understanding the Old Testament Prophets

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Portland
(4 customer reviews)
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Some of the Old Testament’s most powerful language and vision comes from the Israel’s great prophets. Prophetic texts present timeless challenges to men and women down through the ages. They continue to evoke powerful responses from contemporary readers and listeners.

This course explores the worldviews and theologies of the ancient Near Eastern world to highlight how they influenced the message and mission of Israel’s ancient prophets, and how these shaped written prophetic texts as they appear in the biblical canon today, and how they influenced Jesus’ gospel message.

You will consider the prophetic call, vocation, charism, persona, mission and experience. Through other topics, you’ll explore the role of imagination in prophetic proclamations, metaphor and symbolic action, the prophets’portrayal of God, the prophets’ vision for worship and cosmic redemption, and discuss the violence embedded within prophetic texts. Two clusters of texts, the laments of Jeremiah and the servant songs of Isaiah are explo

Some of the Old Testament’s most powerful language and vision comes from the Israel’s great prophets. Prophetic texts present timeless challenges to men and women down through the ages. They continue to evoke powerful responses from contemporary readers and listeners.

This course explores the worldviews and theologies of the ancient Near Eastern world to highlight how they influenced the message and mission of Israel’s ancient prophets, and how these shaped written prophetic texts as they appear in the biblical canon today, and how they influenced Jesus’ gospel message.

You will consider the prophetic call, vocation, charism, persona, mission and experience. Through other topics, you’ll explore the role of imagination in prophetic proclamations, metaphor and symbolic action, the prophets’portrayal of God, the prophets’ vision for worship and cosmic redemption, and discuss the violence embedded within prophetic texts. Two clusters of texts, the laments of Jeremiah and the servant songs of Isaiah are explored in detail. Throughout the course, Israel’s transgressions are exposed, and disturbing images are held up for hermeneutical and critical theological reflection. The final portion of the course explores the life and mission of Jesus within the prophetic tradition.

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Carol J. Dempsey, O.P., Ph.D., is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, Oregon and has been a member of the Order of Preachers for 35 years. She holds a BA from Caldwell College, NJ, an MA from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Carol is the author of 5 books including Isaiah: God’s Poet of Light, Justice: A Biblical Perspective, Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, ,Poet of Truth, The Prophets: A Liberation Critical Reading and Hope Amid the Ruins: The Ethics of Israel’s Prophets. The former Vice President of the National College Theology Society, Carol has published numerous articles in the area of prophets, biblical theology, ecology, biblical ethics and gender studies in scholarly journals as well as in scholarly books of collected essays. She has delivered more than 50 scholarly papers at national and international professional conferences, and has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally for various colleges, universities, and other groups.

  • Understanding Israel’s Prophets in Their Biblical Context
  • The Historical and Social World of Israel’s Prophets
  • Becoming Acquainted with Israel’s Major Prophets
  • Becoming Acquainted with Israel’s Minor Prophets
  • Making Sense of the Vocation of Israel’s Prophets: Their Call, Charism, Persona
  • The Experience and Mission of Israel’s Prophets
  • Exploring Metaphor, Imagination, Symbolism and Symbolic Action in the Prophets
  • The Grandeur of God: A Prophet’s Portrait: Two Contrasting Views
  • The Use of Violence in Prophetic Literature
  • The Laments of Jeremiah
  • The Servant Songs of Isaiah
  • The Reign of God in Isaiah 9:1-11:9: Its Promise and Problems
  • Creation Imagery in the Prophets
  • The Prophetic Voice: Exposing Israel’s Transgressions and Injustices
  • The Theme of Penitence in Israel’s Prophets
  • Re-visioning Worship: The Prophets’ Ethical Challenge
  • A Prophetic Vision of a New Heaven, a New Earth and Cosmic Redemption
  • Encountering Jesus in the Context of the Prophetic Tradition

4 reviews for Understanding the Old Testament Prophets

  1. tom

    not good

    I really like these cd sets, but this is one that I really found unhelpful. The presenter races through her script, the content is difficult to grasp often, especially at her rabid pace.

  2. Andrea

    Excellent and Informative

    These cds are excellent because they provide a wealth of information. The pace is lively and packs a good punch. The breadth and depth is astounding. I found myself listening to these css over and over again because of their richness and profound insight. I highly recommend them.

  3. Christopher

    Not helpful for a beginner

    The content is in depth, but the professor’s delivery is *way* too fast. I have tried to listen to it over and over, but I cannot grasp the material at the pace the lecturer covers it.

  4. Matthew

    Just What I Needed The Prophets and the Old Testament

    This course is just what I needed in order to strengthen my knowledge in a number of aspects of Biblical interpretation for seminary.

    I read the negative reviews of this course and almost didn’t purchase it; I’m glad my curiosity overrode my fears.

    While this course may not be for everybody, because the delivery may seem to be too fast for some people, I think that anyone who wants more than a superficial understanding of sacred scripture will find this course indispensable.

    As with all Now You Know Courses, I listen to the lectures over and over again. I also use the study guides, especially if I think there is something I am missing.

    Those who believe that the pace of the lecturer is too fast may benefit from reading the study guide as they listen to the lecture.

    There is a lot of information here, and a lot to think about. It is worth spending time with this course, using the study guide, looking up any concepts you might be uncertain about and, above all — not expect to understand the whole thing in one, quick go-round.

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