||Dr Philip Satterthwaite (Principal, BGST)
||Saturday, 28 April 2012
||Room #03-01, Mt Carmel Bible Presbyterian Church
152 West Coast Road, Singapore 127370
The Old Testament Prophets are generally reckoned to be among the most difficult books of the Bible: challenging and inspiring at times, certainly, but also hard to understand and apply. How are we to interpret the vivid and sometimes bizarre images in the Prophets? How are we to understand the fulfilment of Prophets? And how might a study of the Prophets feed into our thinking and living as disciples of Jesus Christ?
This module will give students a handle on these questions by a study of one of the more straightforward and well-known prophetic books, the Book of Amos. It will fall into three main sections:
- Old Testament Prophecy: A Brief Introduction
In this section we consider: the nature of the prophetic books; the historical and cultural background of Old Testament prophecy (along with a model for interpreting it); the main message of the Old Testament prophets; prophecy and prediction of the future; the language of prophecy (how do the prophets get their message across?).
- The Book of Amos
We will work through all of the Book of Amos, introducing the historical period in which Amos was active. We will consider what Amos had to say about Israel’s past, present and future, commenting on details of the text and using them to illustrate particular features of Old Testament prophecy.
- Amos and the New Testament
Here we consider how themes from Amos are taken up in the New Testament, particularly in the area of calling and lifestyle. We also consider what the New Testament has to say about Amos’ vision of Israel’s restoration in 9:11–15, with particular reference to Acts 15:13–18.
If you are interested to attend this lecture, please register with Lai San at firstname.lastname@example.org.