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Prophecy in Ancient Israel

Course Level-Format:   undergraduate
Instructor: Joel Kaminsky
Institution: Smith College

Course Term: Spring
Course Year: 2012


A 2012 course by Joel Kaminsky at Smith College moves chronologically through the prophets of ancient Israel asking “What are the different types of prophets that are found within the Hebrew Bible? What role did the prophets play within their larger society? Did different prophets deliver different, or even conflicting prophecies? Can one tell a true prophet from a false prophet? What sort of person became a prophet? What psychological dispositions do prophets exhibit? If prophecy is not simply fortune telling, what is it? “