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PROPHECY. Who was a Prophet  Prophets in Israel were persons who interpreted the actions of God in the events of history.  The terms “major” and “minor”

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1 PROPHECY

2 Who was a Prophet  Prophets in Israel were persons who interpreted the actions of God in the events of history.  The terms “major” and “minor” have to do with the size of the book, not the importance of the message.  Major prophets: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel  Minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

3 ISAIAH  Counselor to kings from 740-701 B.C.E.  Saw crises (war with Syria, Assyrian threats) as expressions of God’s rule over the nations  Cause of the wars is social injustice  Warned that failure to listen to God would bring destruction

4 EZEKIEL  Preached a message of judgment and doom prior to 568 B.C.E.  After 586 B.C.E., focused on hope and salvation  Source of his hope is not political powers of the day but in God’s own nature and purpose – the temple is destroyed but God has moved into exile with his people  Sins of the past will not keep the present generation from choosing life and salvations

5 JEREMIAH  Preached from 627-586 B.C.E.  Message changed as world events changed and called forth new understandings of the work of God  Called for true piety, social justice, loyalty to God rather than military alliances  Deepened the idea of repentance  Made connection between the people and the land

6 DANIEL  Offers hope and consolation to Jews who were suffering persecution  Loyalty to God brings victory over one’s persecutors (1 st half)  Fate of the righteous is in the hands of God and God can be trusted to keep the future safe for His people (2 nd half)


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