Hebrew Bible 15 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 15 February 13, 2008...

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 15 February 13, 2008 o Phenomenon and institution of prophecy. What is a biblical prophet? What could a prophet do? o Moses a) Conversed with/God in a way that most people do not do. God talked to him and Moses talked back. b) lawgiver : God gave Moses a long law code. c) rescues the nation : savior of Israel and takes them out of slavery d) military leader : he led people in battle Exodus 17, Numbers 10 e) intercessor: prays on peoples behalf. Attempting successfully to convince god not to destroy the people. f) reproves the nation: when they have done wrong. Instead of speaking to God on nations behalf, he speaks to nation on God’s behalf. Some times he reproves the nation because God wants them to (Exodus 33:5). Sometimes he does this on his own (Ex. 32:19, 32:30). g) predictions about the future (Deut . 32, 33). This is a rare role that Moses plays. As westerners we generally associate prophets with predicting. One of the greatest prophets, however, does very little predictions. So, this does not seem to be a major feature of his career. Also, are these really predictions or are they more like warnings? Prediction must be, then, a very small part in being a prophet. h)
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course RELIGION 220 taught by Professor Sarbacker during the Winter '08 term at Northwestern.

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