RGB2210HS January 2010-- THE CALL TO PROPHECY: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel -- M. Kolarcik, S.J. 

This course examines the place and function of prophecy within Israel during the monarchic period. The call to prophecy in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel is the starting to point for appreciating the experience and self-understanding of the major prophets as well as the genre which became a rather unique literary expression in the Near East. The goal of the course is for students to appreciate the enduring vision of prophecy in Israel as well as the particular literary genre which gave expression to the conscience of Israel.


Textbook: Thomas L. Leclerc, Introduction to the Prophets: Their Stories, Sayings, and Scrolls, New York: Paulist, 2007. (Ordered at Crux Bookstore at Wycliffe College).

Recommended text: Victor H. Matthews, Social World of the Hebrew Prophets, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2001. A limited number of this text was ordered at Crux.

Office hours:
By appointment: My office is located in the main building of Regis College, 100 Wellesley Street W, # 319, tel. 416 922-5474 ext. 249. Please feel free to consult any time I am at the office, but to make sure I am free please make an appointment.

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There will be a mid-term take home assignment given out on Monday Feb 8th  at class and your response is to be handed in or emailed in on Friday Feb 12th;   Take Home Exam

Or you can choose to do a book review (3 pages, doublespaced). Have the book you choose to be reviewed approved by me before Feb 8th. The review should comprise a brief summary, critical assessment, personal reflection;

A minor paper (7-9 pages) to be submitted on the day of the last lecture,  
Monday, April 5th, 2010).  Please note the Turabian style sheet to be followed for bibliography and for annotations.

-- I always like to give students who would like to try presenting their ideas before a captive audience the chance to do so. If you wish to present your research to the class as a seminar of one hour including discussion (as well as submitting the essay form), that would be possible during either of the last two lectures (maximum 2, Mar 29th or Apr 5th).

Particular course materials

A Selected Bibliography  * with call number refers to the Regis College Library

ANDERSON,  Bernard W., Walter Harrelson, eds. Israel's Prophetic Heritage, Essays in Honor of James Muilenburg. New York: Harper, 1962.
, Leslie C. "The Structuring of Ezekiel's Revisionist History Lesson (Ezekiel 20:3-31)." CBQ 54 (1992): 448-462.
, Gerlinde. Love and Violence: Marriage as Metaphor for the Relationship Between YHWH and Israel in the Prophetic Books. Collegeville: Liturgical, 2003.  BS1505.6 .M3
, R.V.  The Prophets and the Law. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1974.
* BLENKINSOPP, J.  A History of Prophecy in Israel, From the Settlement in the Land to the Hellenistic Period. Philadelphia: 1983. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996.    BS1198 .B53
, John.  A History of Israel. 4th ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000.
,  Walter. The Prophetic Imagination. 1st ed. Minneapolis: Fortress: 1978, 2nd ed. 2001. BS1198 .B84
Walter. Hopeful Imagination: Prophetic Voices in Exile. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986.
BRUEGGEMANN, Walter. Ichabod Toward Home: the Journey of God's glory. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002.
CARROLL, Robert P. When Prophecy Failed: Reactions and Responses to Failure in the Old Testament Prophetic Traditions, London: SCM, 1979.
, Robert B. Handbook on the prophets. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2002.
, R.E. The Conscience of a Nation, A Study of Early Israelite Prophecy. Oxford: U.P. 1967.
, R.E. Prophecy and Covenant. Studies in Biblical Theology 43. London: SCM, 1965.
* CLEMENTS, R.E.  Old Testament Prophecy, From Oracles to Canon. Lousville: Westminster John Knox, 1996.
, Richard J. "The Unity of the Book of Isaiah and Its Cosmogonic Language." CBQ 55 (1993): 1-17.
, Albert Spaulding. The Burden of Prophecy: Poetic Utterance in the Prophets of the Old Testament. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, 1996.
, S.L. Prophecy & Apocalypticism: The Postexilic Social Setting. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
,  James L. Prophetic Conflict: Its Effect Upon Israelite Religion BZAW 124. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1971.
, Philip R. The Prophets. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1996.
, Simon John. From Old Revelation To New: A Tradition-historical and Redaction-critical Study of Temporal Transitions in Prophetic Prediction. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1995.
, Carol J. The Prophets: a Liberation-critical Reading. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.
, Carol J.  Hope amid the ruins: the Ethics of Israel's prophets. St. Louis:  Chalice Press, 2000. BS1505.2 .D455
, Edward F. Ego and Self:  the Old Testament Prophets from Isaiah to Malachi. Toronto: Inner City Books, 2000.
,  C.A. To See and Not Perceive: Isaiah 6:9-10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation.  JSOTSup 64, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1989.
, Hemchand. Justice, Righteousness, and the Social Critique of the Eighth-century Prophets New York: P. Lang, 1993.
, Donald E. Theology of the Prophetic Books: the Death and Resurrection of Israel.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1998.
, Lester L. Priests, Prophets, Diviners, Sages: A Socio-historical Study of Religious Specialists in Ancient Israel.  Valley Forge: Trinity International, 1995.
William Paul. The God of the Prophets: An Analysis of Divine Action. JSOT SuppS 249. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997.
, Abraham Joshua. The Prophets, An Introduction. Vols. 1-2. New York: Harper & Row, 1969.
, H.B. "The Covenant Lawsuit and the Prophets." JBL 78 (1958).
, Aubrey R. The Cultic Prophet and Israel's Psalmody.  Cardiff: University of Wales, 1979.
, Aubrey R.  The Cultic Prophet in Ancient Israel. Cardiff: University of Wales, 1962.
, A.S. "The Prophets and the Covenant." In In the Shelter of Elyon, Essays on Ancient Palestinian Life and Literature in Honor of G.W. Ahlstrom, eds. W.B. Berrick and J.R. Spencer, JSOT SuppS 31, Sheffied: JSOT, 1984. 175-183.
, S.A. "Rhetoric, Redaction, and Message in Jeremiah." In Judaic Perspectives on Ancient Israel, eds. J. Neusner, B.A. Levine, E.S. Frerichs. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987. * KOCH, Klaus. The Prophets: The Assyrian Period.  Vol 1.  Translated by  M. Kohl [Die Propheten I: Assyrische Zeit. Berlin: 1978]. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983.  BS1198 .K6313 v1* KOCH, Klaus. The Prophets, The Babylonian and Persian Periods. Vol 2. Translated by  M. Kohl [Die Propheten II: Babylonisch-persische Zeit. Berlin: 1978]. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984.   BS1198 .K6313 v2

LINDBLOM, Johannes. Prophecy in Ancient Israel. Oxford: Blackwell, 1963.
MATTHEWS, Victor H. Social World of the Hebrew Prophets. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2001
McCONVILLE, J. G. Judgment and Promise: An Interpretation of the Book of Jeremiah. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1993.
MORIARITY, F.L. "Prophet and Covenant." Gregorianum 46 (1965).
MOWVLEY, H. A Guide to Old Testament Prophecy. Guildford: Lutterworth,1979.
MOWVLEY, H. The books of Amos & Hosea. London : Epworth, 1991.
NIELSEN, Kirsten. There is Hope for a Tree: The Tree as Metaphor in Isaiah. Translated by Christine and Frederick Crowley; JSOTSup 65, Sheffield: JSOT, 1989.
NISSINEN, Martti. Prophets and prophecy in the ancient Near East. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.
O'CONNOR, K.M. The Confessions of Jeremiah: Their Interpretation and Role in Chapters 1-25. SBL Dissertation S 94, Atlanta: SBL, 1988.
PECKHAM, Brian. History and Prophecy: The Development of Late Judean Literary Traditions. New York: Doubleday, 1993.
* PETERSEN, David L. Prophecy in Israel: Search For An Identity. Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1987.  BS1505.52 .P48
PETERSEN, David L. The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
PREMNATH, D. N. Eighth Century Prophets: A Social Analysis. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2003.
PRÉVOST, Jean-Pierre. Pour lire les prophètes. Ottawa: Novalis, 1995.
* RAD, Gerhard von. The Message of the Prophets.  Translated by D.M.G. Stalker [Die Botschaft der Propheten. Hamburg: 1967]. London: SCM, 1968.     BS1505.2 .R313
ROBERTS, J.J.M. "Double Entendre in First Isaiah." CBQ 54 (1992): 39-48.
RUSSELL, D.S. Prophecy and the Apocalyptic Dream: Protest and Promise. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994.
SEITZ, Christopher R. Zion's Final Destiny: The Development of the Book of Isaiah: A Reassessment of Isaiah 36-39. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.
SHEPPARD, Gerald T. "More on Isaiah 5:1-7 as a Juridical Parable." CBQ 44 (1982): 45-47.
SKLBA, Richard J. Pre-Exilic Prophecy: Words of Warning, Dreams of Hope, Spirituality of Pre-Exilic Prophets. Message of Biblical Spirituality 3. Collegeville: Liturgical, 1990.
SPEYR, Adrienne von.  The Mission of the Prophets.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.
STAACK, Hagen. Prophetic Voices of the Bible. Cleveland: World Publishing, 1968.
* STECK, Odil Hannes. The Prophetic Books and Their Theological Witness. Translated by James D. Nogalski [Die Prophetenbücher und ihr theologisches Zeugnis: Wege der Nachfrage und Fährten zur Antwort. Tübingen: JDB Mohr, 1996].  St. Louis: Chalice,  2000.
SWEENEY, Marvin A. The Twelve Prophets. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
VAWTER, Bruce. The Conscience of Israel.  New York: Sheed & Ward, 1961.
WATTS, James W. "Text and Redaction in Jeremiah's Oracles Against the Nations." CBQ 54 (1992): 432-447.
WEEMS, Renita J. Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Hebrew Prophets. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
WESTERMANN,  Claus.  Basic Forms of Prophetic Speech.  Translated by H.C. White. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1967. Reprint with a forward by Gene M. Tucker, Lousville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991.
WESTERMANN,  Claus. Prophetic Oracles of Salvation in the Old Testament. Translated by Keith Crim. Lousville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991.
WILSON, Robert R. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel.  Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980.
WILSON, Robert R. "From Prophecy to Apocalyptic: Reflections on the Shape of Israelite Religion", Semeia 21 (1981): 79-95.
ZIMMERLI, Walther. The Fiery Throne: the Prophets and Old Testament Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.
ZUCKER, D.J. Israel's Prophets: An Introduction for Christians and Jews. New York: Paulist, 1994.