Religion 21 Professor Niditch Ancient Israel Chapin 114



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Required Reading:

1. 1 Sam 1-1Kgs 11.

2. Oxford History, 221-271.

3. D. Hillers, Covenant, pp. 72-119.


Nov. 16: A 5 page essay due on a text or theme in the court history of David.
Nov. 16: No Class
Nov. 17-25: Thanksgiving Break
IX. Nov. 26, 28, 30: The Split Between the Kingdoms and The Rise of Prophecy
Goals:

1. To explore the schism between northern and southern Israel.

2. To explore the nature of the Jeroboam cult in the light of our reading of Ex 32.

3. To study the rise of the prophetic movement in Israel with special attention to the cycle of stories about Elijah and Elisha.


Required Reading:

1. 1 Kgs 11-2 Kgs 9.

2. Oxford History, 273-319.

3. John Bright, History of Israel, 3rd ed., 232-298 (skim; reserve).



  1. King and Stager, Life, 201-251.

5. Cross, Canaanite Myth, pp. 274-285, 190-194 (reserve).

6. Robert R. Wilson, "Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel," N. Gottwald, ed., The Bible and Liberation, 201-234 (reserve).

X. Dec. 3, 5, 7: Classical Prophecy
Goals:

1. To explore the recurring literary forms of 8th century B.C. prophecy.

2. To continue to examine the phenomenon of prophecy from anthropological and sociological perspectives.

3. To trace themes in Israelite social ethics.


A. Amos and Hosea
Dec. 3:




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