RL ST 070
(CAMS 070, J ST 070)
Prophecy: The Near East Then and Now (3) Prophecy in the ancient Near East, the ancient Jewish and Christrian traditions, and today.
RL ST (CAMS, J ST) 070 Prophecy: The Near East Then and Now (3)
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the prophetic traditions of the ancient Near East and the Bible of the Judeo-Christian traditions. The course will explore the development of prophetic circles in the ancient Near East (incl. Egypt, Syria, Canaan, and Mesopotamia) and then focus on the major prophetic traditions of the Hebrew Bible (to include at least Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Daniel) and how these traditions were understood in early Judaism and nascent Christianity. Special attention will be paid to the roles of priests, kings, and prophets in ancient Israel to better understand Israelite and Judaean prophetic traditions in ancient Israelite society. The course will then examine the rise of apocalypticism and its modern manifestations in the coalition of conservative Christians and Jews in "Zion" -- the new Jerusalem. Additional emphasis will be placed on the religious and political interactions which manifest themselves in the prophetic movements--then and now--including the rhetoric of ideology and propoganda. Important figures and events illustrate these cultural and political trends, in antiquity, and in the contemporary setting.