This is a course in learning to read and interpret Hebrew by exegeting, translating, and studying the book of Micah. The goal is to enable preaching of the inspired word and to prepare for further study.
The course will be an expositional and Biblical theological reading of the book of Micah. The composition of Micah will be contextualized within the book of the twelve. The course will briefly review the eighth century of Israel as given in the biblical narrative and within the context of ancient near eastern history. The emphasis will be on establishing the world view of Micah, his understanding of covenant, mercy, justice, and hope for the people of faith in Yahweh.
- History of the first temple period of Israel and Judah in the eighth century
- Prophetic placement of Micah in the book of the twelve
- Message of Micah among the eighth century prophets
- Practice of Hebrew exegesis, exposition, and translation
- Being aware of justice within society as a critical aspect of living a spiritual life
- Learning how to represent God as his image in a violent world
- Learning to live courageously in a world of conflict
- Living with hope especially when temporal situations create despair
- Teach the message of Micah to those that take this book seriously as a prophetic word
- Determine and address issues of justice within individual life circumstances
- Find ways to address issues of injustice at various levels of society engagement
- Inspire hope to those who feel that human life has become meaningless desperate