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“Theology is just what you really think about God, and if you're going to do that, you'd better use your mind and not just let it be a receptacle - a catch-all for whatever beliefs happen to be passing by.”  — Dallas Willard (1935-current)

Did You Know

Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel are often considered the “Major” of the Latter Prophets.

O.T. Theology II: Latter Prophets & Writings

Course Number: OT512


Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois

Course Descriptions:

In order to understand and apply any passage of Scripture faithfully, one must begin with the foundational concepts and theology that precede and inform it. In biblical theology, the foundation is developed in the Latter Prophets and Writings (Job–Malachi). The history, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy of these books are essential for fully grasping the meaning and message of Jesus’ teaching and the mission of the church today. Averbeck introduces the content and theology of the Writings and Latter Prophets, working through the books section-by-section, focusing on major passages and their theological connections throughout all of Scripture.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand how the Latter Prophets and Writings fit into the Old Testament Canon, and how they contribute to our understanding of faith experience in ancient Israel.
  2. Identify the principles and patterns of biblical Hebrew poetry in order to interpret it well.
  3. Articulate the nature and principles of biblical worship “in spirit and truth” as illustrated in the Psalms and understand the foundation this lays for Christian worship in the Church today.
  4. Explain how the prophetic institution and the prophetic books lay a foundation for the prophetic work of Jesus Christ and how this then lays a foundation for the Church’s mission.
  5. Describe the relationship between the Holy Spirit’s work in the Old and New Testaments and understand its significance for the Church as a body of prophets in the world.
  6. Value all of the above as crucial to an ongoing study of the whole canon of Scripture as well as foundational to the way we live our Christian lives and pursue our ministries.

Note: There is no prerequisite for this course. However, this is the second of a two-part series by Dr. Averbeck, and students are referred to part one, Old Testament Theology I: Pentateuch and Former Prophets.

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