This course focuses on the writings of the minor prophets, including the background, message, purposes and theme of each. Emphasis is upon the essential message and teaching of each book, shaped by the relationship of the individual prophets with the God of Israel, together with their personality and background. Upon completion, students should be able to use analysis tools to read, understand, and explain these biblical writings.
Prophecy forms a major part of Scripture, by which holy men of God were inspired to convey the mind of God to His people, past, present and future. The Old Testament Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel are referred to as the Major Prophets, a classification based on the size of the books and not the content or message of their writings. This section of Scripture provides a useful segue into the study of prophecy in the Bible, helping us appreciate the purposes of prophecy, its relationship to the Law of God and its relevance to us in the 21st century.
Peter Nathan served as a faculty member in Theology for seven years at Ambassador College/University. As a faculty member in 1990. he led a group of students to participate in the Tel Mozan Expedition, Syria, which was directed by Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati. His studies at Southern Methodist University focused largely on Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis. Most recently he has completed a Master’s program at University of Cambridge focusing on Jewish Christian relations, with an emphasis on early Church history and the “Parting of the Ways.” Subsequent to the time at Ambassador University, he focused on education of young adults within church communities, providing seminars in Biblical Studies to help lay a foundation for future roles in the ministry. In addition he has written and published numerous articles on the identity of the early church, which carefully examined and challenged many of the commonly held assumptions relating to that era of time. The place and use of the Dead Sea Scrolls in understanding the early church environment has been a special interest. Ordained to the ministry of the Church of God in 1973, he has pastored churches in diverse parts of the world and has been deeply involved in ministry to the developing world. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research and the International Patristics Society. As well as serving on the Living University Administrative Council, Mr. Nathan serves as the University's Chair of the Theology Department, and Vice Chair of the Learning Resources Committee.
On successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for effective Bible study and understanding and explaining biblical passages contextually;
- Identify the sociocultural world in which the prophets wrote;
- Appreciate the real purposes of prophecy;
- Understand the key words associated with prophecy;
- Provide an understanding of the Minor Prophets and show how their prophecies have been not only fulfilled in the past but can relate to our lifetime;
- Deepen one’s understanding of history and contemporary world events; and
- Develop a sense of urgency as prophetic events unfold.
Heschel, Abraham J. The Prophets. 1st Perennial Classics ed. New York: Perennial, 2001. ISBN 9780060936990.
The Bible – preferably the New King James Version (also consult other translations).
Some additional reference books may be helpful for this course:
Walton, John H. Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. ISBN 9780310481614.
Aharoni, Yohanan and Michael Avi-Yonah et al. The Carta Bible Atlas. 5th ed. Jerusalem: Carta, 2011. ISBN 9789652208149.
Armageddon and Beyond (LCG)
Prophecy Fulfilled: Gods Hand in World Affairs (LCG)
The Bible: Fact or Fiction (LCG)
The Middle East in Prophecy (LCG)
The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy (LCG)
Who Controls the Weather? (LCG)
This course includes a series of lectures by Peter Nathan. Links to the lectures are in included on the respective lesson webpages. Additional material will be posted in the Files section of a lesson on the right side of the lesson webpage.
|1||Welcome and Overview|
|3||Joel and Amos|
|4||Obadiah, Jonah and Micah|
|5||Nahum and Habakkuk|
|6||Zephaniah and Haggai|
Due dates and extensions
Submit assignments on or before posted due dates. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.
To begin this course, students must complete an Icebreaker assignment, which is the posting of a short autobiography on a class discussion board. The purposes of the Icebreaker are for you to introduce yourself to your classmates, to verify your enrollment in this course, and to promote student interaction. The Icebreaker is due no later than the eighth day of the semester. Students must submit their autobiography post and two reply postings in response to two other classmates. For full credit, all three posts must be submitted by the due date. This assignment is worth 50 points.
Reading assignments are integrated into the lesson webpages.
For each discussion forum you will be asked to post your thoughts and insights on the discussion topic. You are invited to comment on the postings of others. This is your opportunity to participate in interactive dialog. In addition to being thoughtful responses, be sure to keep the postings positive and helpful.
There is one essay due at the end of the course. Submit your essay utilizing MLA style as set forth in Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by Lester & Lester. The Files feature on the “What I Have Learned” assignment submission webpage lets you submit your work so your instructor can have it handy for download, review and grading.
Quizzes and examinations
Each lesson has an associated online quiz. These range from 10-20 questions. They are open book quizzes and there is no time limit, but under no circumstances are students to print the quiz. An open book quiz is not a workbook exercise. It is a test where the student can consult his or her notes and books. Quizzes are objective tests which may include true/false, matching, and multiple–choice questions covering lectures, readings, vocabulary words, geographical terms and places and discussion topics.