The Message of the Prophets

The Message of the Prophets

Taught by J. Daniel Hays

In The Message of the Prophets course, professor J. Daniel Hays offers a scholarly yet readable and student-friendly introduction to the Old Testament prophetic literature, presenting the message of each prophet in both its historical and biblical context and tracking that message through the New Testament to discuss what it means for believers today.

Course Details

  • 15 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 9 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • The Message of the Prophets

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Course Description

Christians sometimes approach the Old Testament with a mixture of awe and bewilderment, knowing that it contains pearls of wisdom, but unsure how to dive for them ... especially when it comes to the Prophets.

In The Message of the Prophets course, J. Daniel Hays offers a survey of the Old Testament prophetic literature that presents the message of each prophet in its historical and biblical context and then tracks that message through the New Testament to challenge students with what it means for them today. Hays focuses on synthesizing the message of the prophets, which enables students to grasp the major contours of the prophetic books clearly and concisely. After identifying what the message meant for ancient Israel, Hays helps students to move toward theological application today, enabling them to gain a better understanding of God and the relationship between God and his people.

The Message of the Prophets course is meant for formal students and independent learners alike, anyone who would like to better understand the role that the Old Testament prophets play in the Christian faith.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • familiarity with the genre of Old Testament prophecy
  • insight into the theological themes of each prophetic book in the Old Testament
  • a greater grasp of how to apply the messages of prophetic literature today
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions, unit assessments, and award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

J. Daniel Hays

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation. 

Course Outline

  • Prophets, Prophecy, and History

  • Literature and Message of the Prophets

  • Prophets and Biblical Eschatology

  • Isaiah 1-39

  • Isaiah 40-66

  • Jeremiah 1-29

  • Jeremiah 30-52 and Lamentations

  • Ezekiel

  • Daniel

  • Hosea, Joel, Amos

  • Obadiah and Jonah

  • Micah

  • Nahum and Habakkuk

  • Zephaniah and Zechariah

  • Haggai and Malachi


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