OT3651 & 2 Kings: An Anatomy of Religious Decline in Israel and Judah
OT365 : 1 & 2 Kings: An Anatomy of Religious Decline in Israel and Judah (1.5 Credit)
Academic Year : 2020-2021
About this course
1 & 2 Kings tell the history of the Israelite monarchy from its high point in the reign of Solomon to the twin low points of the exiles to Assyria and Babylon. They attribute this sad decline, not primarily to political and historical factors, but to Israel’s gradual turning away from God during this period. The Books of Kings, then, focus on the issue of religion (beliefs and practice). They may be regarded as a study of different forms of religion, their strengths and their weaknesses. This course takes up this theme, working through the text of 1 & 2 Kings, and focusing on the reigns of five kings of Israel and Judah who each illustrate a different type of religion: Solomon (conventional religion); Jeroboam (designer religion); Ahaz (corrupt establishment religion); Jehu (revolutionary religion); Josiah (restoration religion).
OT 365 will be taught by blended learning, using a mixture of recorded lectures and class-based study of 1 & 2 Kings. It may be necessary to conduct all class sessions online.
Lecturer : Philip SatterthwaiteEMERITUS PRINCIPAL, REGISTRAR, LECTURER IN OLD TESTAMENT, BIBLICAL HEBREW & HERMENEUTICS
Venue: Zoom Classroom , own study place