Issue No. 15 16 - 22 Apr 2012
The Book of Amos and Old Testament Prophecy
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite (Principal, BGST) Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Date: Saturday, 28 April 2012
Time: 1.00-6.00 pm
Venue: 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 Old Testament Prophets? And how might a study of the Old Testament 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:

  1. 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?).

  2. 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.

  3. 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 laisan@carmel.sg.
Tel: 67795077

Chapel in the City
BGST Chapel in the City @ Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Every 5th Wednesday in the month
12 noon to 1 pm

Chapel in the city
Chapel News
There will be time of prayer on 25 April 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Faculty News
From 16th to 20th April, Dr Clive Lim, Dr Philip Satterthwaite and Mr Steven Lee will be attending the Overseas Council International Institute of Excellence Programme in Hong Kong. The programme this year focuses on the themes of Financial Sustainability and Institutional Changes in Theological Schools. Please pray that the BGST delegates will gain many helpful insights from programme, which will help advance the work of BGST.

On 16th April 10am-12.30pm, Dr Andrew Lee was invited by the Ichthus Research Centre (Singapore Bible College) to respond to a paper written by Dr. Jerry Hwang of Singapore Bible College entitled "A Prophet to the Nations: The Theme of Missio Dei in the Book of Jeremiah.

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