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Hebrew Prophecy: The Non-Literary Prophets

Elijah on Mount Horeb, Rembrandt (1606-1669).
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Elijah on Mount Horeb, Rembrandt (1606-1669).

Then the word of the Lord came to him, He said to him, “Why are you here, Elijah? He replied, “I am moved by zeal for the Lord, the God of Hosts, for the Israelites have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and put Your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and […]

Hebrew Prophecy: The Non-Literary Prophets
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Hebrew Prophecy: The Non-Literary Prophets

Overview The Non-Literary Prophets, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Biblical History- From David to Isaiah, c. 1000-700 BCE, Steven Feldman, COJS. The Divided Kingdom 922-722, Teddy Kollek and Moshe Pearlman, Jerusalem- Sacred City of Mankind, Steimatzky Ltd., Jerusalem, 1991. Primary sources 2 Samuel 11-12 1 Kings 18-19 Artifacts Seal of Jezebel, 9th–8th century […]

God’s Judgment on Mount Carmel, Rembrandt (1606-1669).
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God’s Judgment on Mount Carmel, Rembrandt (1606-1669).

When it was time to present the meal offering, the prophet Elijah came forward and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel! Let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your bidding. Answer me, O […]

Elijah the Prophet by the Brook of Cherith, Rembrandt (1606-1669).
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Elijah the Prophet by the Brook of Cherith, Rembrandt (1606-1669).

Elijah the Tishbite, an inhabitant of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord lives, the God of Israel whom I serve, there will be no dew or rain except by my word. The word of the Lord came to him- Leave this place; turn eastward and go into hiding by the Wadi Cherith, which is […]

Elijah in the Wilderness, Washington Allston, 1818.
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Elijah in the Wilderness, Washington Allston, 1818.

1 Kings 18-19
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1 Kings 18-19

The Hebrew Bible 18Much later, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah- “Go, appear before Ahab; then I will send rain upon the earth.” 2Thereupon Elijah set out to appear before Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. 3Ahab had summoned Obadiah, the steward of the palace. (Obadiah revered the […]

2 Samuel 11-12
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2 Samuel 11-12

The Hebrew Bible 11At the turn of the year, the season when kings go out [to battle], David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him, and they devastated Ammon and besieged Rabbah; David remained in Jerusalem. 2Late one afternoon, David rose from his couch and strolled on the roof of the royal […]

The Non-Literary Prophets, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.
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The Non-Literary Prophets, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.

So we were talking last time about the Deuteronomistic historian and their interpretation of the events that befell Israel, a very special interpretation that would make it possible for Israel to remain intact after the destruction of the state, the temple and the national basis of their society. And according to the Deuteronomist, it’s the […]