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Read:

Chapter 10 -The Old Testament Story (During Israel’s final
days God spoke to his people through men who were prepared to go to great
lengths to warn Israel that its sin would bring judgment and that redemption
was available to a repentant people.)

Isaiah

1. What were the three major crises in Israel that the
prophetic literature responds to?

2. Do you think Isaiah’s advice to Ahaz in the Syro-Ephraimitic
crisis was sound? Explain your answer.

3. How did Hezekiah prepare for a possible invasion by the
Assyrians during Sennacherib’s reign?

4. What are the five major sections into which Isaiah 1-39
can be divided, and what is the central idea in each part?

5. What are the Servant Songs?

The Prophetic Literature II: The Scrolls of Jeremiah and
Ezekiel

Read:

Chapter 11 -The Old Testament Story (A weeping prophet, a
valley of dry bones and a temple beyond description. )

Jeremiah & Ezekiel

6. What is unusual about Jeremiah’s call to be a prophet?

7. What advice did Jeremiah give the exiles, and why did he
feel it necessary to give such advice?

8. What appears to be Ezekiel’s understanding of his call
experience?

9. Compare Ezekiel’s view of individual responsibility to
that of Jeremiah.

10. What was the meaning of Ezekiel’s vision in the valley
of dry bones?

The Prophetic Literature III: The Book of the Twelve and the
Continuation of the Prophetic Tradition

Read:

Chapter 12 -The Old Testament Story (Lesser known prophets
continue the message of judgement and restoration found in the “big
three” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel))

Hosea through Malachi 

11. What problems are raised by God’s command to Hosea to
marry a prostitute? How do different biblical interpreters address this
problem?

12. What do the Oracles Against the Nations (Amos 1:3-2:5)
say about Amos’s doctrine of God?

13. Compare Isaiah’s attitude toward Jerusalem with that of
Micah.

14. Why might Habakkuk be considered an early Jewish
philosopher?

15. How does the Book of Twelve function as a single book
made up of twelve little books?

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