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Mobile Ed: OT231 Survey of the Major Prophets (9 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: OT231 Survey of the Major Prophets (9 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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The prophets of the Old Testament conveyed the words of God to ancient Israel, promised the advent of Jesus the Messiah, and are still relevant to our modern setting. Paul Ferris educates viewers on the office of prophet, provides detailed character studies of prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah, and outlines his methodology for teaching powerful lessons drawn from their lives and teaching. This course allows modern students and teachers of the Bible to identify themes in the ministries of Old Testament prophets and to relate them to their church, their classroom, and in a devotional sense.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain major themes from the lives of Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel
  • Apply lessons from other prophets via a helpful hermeneutic method
  • Understand the background and setting of major prophets

Course Outline

Unit 1: Intro to Prophets & Prophetism

  • What Does “Prophet” Mean? Definition
  • Who Were the Prophets and What Did They Do? Identity & Function
  • What Does “Prophecy” Mean?
  • Did the Prophets Understand What They Were Involved In?
  • Are “Prophets” Unique to Israel? ANE Context
  • Promise-project: Restoring Creation
  • Promise-project: Promise of Presence and Blessing
  • Promise-project: Promise of Reconciliation
  • Promise-project: Promise of Reconciliation leads to Glory
  • Promise-project: Promise of Glory and From the NT Perspective
  • Promise from the NT Perspective: Basis of Most Prominent Perspective, Pervasive, Focuses on Person and Work of Messiah
  • Promise from the NT Perspective: Focuses on Person and Work of Messiah and Means of Gentile Salvation
  • Promise from the NT Perspective: Eternally operative & irrevocable, continually fulfilled, key vocabulary

Unit 2: Isaiah

  • Introduction to Isaiah
  • Geo-Political Setting of Isaiah
  • Spiritual Setting and Audience of Isaiah’s Message
  • Questions of Isaiah’s Authoriship
  • How is the book of Isaiah organized?
  • Core Message of Isaiah: Calling
  • Core Message of Isaiah: Authenticity (Isaiah ch. 1)
  • The Promised One: (Isaiah ch. 7-8)
  • New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • The Intended Outcome: (Isaiah 19:19-23)
  • The Suffering Servant: (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
  • Identity of the “Servant”
  • Mission of the "Servant": Rejection of the Servant (Isaiah 53:1-3)
  • Mission of the "Servant": Human Cause and Divine Act of Atonement (Isaiah 53:4-6)
  • Mission of the "Servant": Submission of the Servant in His Death and Burial (Isaiah 53:7-9)
  • Mission of the "Servant": Exaltation of the Servant to Success (Isaiah 53:10)
  • Mission of the "Servant": Exaltation of the Servant to Satisfaction and Reward (Isaiah 53:11)
  • How Does the Book of Isaiah Impact the New Testament?

Unit 3: Jeremiah

  • Introduction to Jeremiah
  • Geo-Political Setting of Jeremiah
  • Spiritual Setting of Jeremiah’s Message
  • For Whom was Jeremiah’s Message Intended and Why was it Necessary?
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Toward a Theology of Calling (Jeremiah 1)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: God’s Calling: Incapacity, Inexperience, and God’s Encouragement (Jeremiah 1)
  • Core Mesage of Jeremiah: Lawsuit (ch. 2)
  • Core Mesage of Jeremiah: Abominable Worship (ch. 7)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Locus of Faith (ch. 17)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Struggles in ministry
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Renewal of Covenant (Part 1)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Renewal of Covenant (Part 2)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Renewal of Covenant (Part 3)
  • Core Message of Jeremiah: Renewal of Covenant (Part 4) & Connection to NT

Unit 4: Ezekiel

  • Introduction, Geo-Political Setting, Spiritual Setting of Ezekiel
  • Audience of Ezekiel’s Message & Structure
  • Core Message of Ezekiel: Call and Commission (ch. 1-3)
  • Core Message of Ezekiel: Prophetic Subversion of Key Doctrines
  • Core Message of Ezekiel: Restoration Proclamations (Eternal Covenant, Territory, Presence, Throne)
  • Core Message of Ezekiel: YHWH Acts to Renew Israel (Re-newed Exodus, Settlement, Life, Dynasty, Security)
  • Core Message of Ezekiel: YHWH Acts to Renew Israel (Re-newed Presence, Worship, Mission)
  • Vision of the Revived and Approaches to the Study of Ezekiel
  • Tensions with Hebrews
  • Theology of Ezekiel: Theology Proper, Revelation, Ecclesiology (authentic covenant community)
  • Theology of Ezekiel: Ecclesiology (individual responsibility), Christology

Unit 5: Daniel

  • Introduction
  • Geo-Political Setting, Date and Authorship
  • How Was the Message Organized and What’s the Core Message of Daniel?
  • The Core Message of Daniel (part 2: The Fiery Furnace & Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream)
  • The Core Message of Daniel (part 3: Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts)
  • The Core Message of Daniel (part 4: Daniel’s Prayer)
  • The Core Message of Daniel (part 5: YHWH’s Response through Gabriel: Seventy Sevens)
  • The Core Message of Daniel (part 6)

Unit 6: Preaching and Teaching the Prophets

  • Methodology to Preach and Teach the Prophets

Product Details

  • Title: OT231 Survey of Major Prophets
  • Instructor: Paul Ferris
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 9

About Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris Jr. is a professor of Hebrew Bible at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to a teaching and leadership ministry in theological education in the U.S. and Canada as well as in Egypt, Haiti, Israel, and Romania, he has had the privilege to serve as pastor, church planter and hospital chaplain.

He has authored The Genre of Communal Lament in the Bible and the Ancient Near East as well as the Expositor’s Bible Commentary on Lamentation and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary on Lamentations. He has contributed signed articles to the Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, the Anchor Bible Dictionary, the Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry & Writings, the Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, and the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.