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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42350 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
CAL 221

Course Description

The Prophet Micah, a contemporary, of the prophet Isaiah, in the 8th century B.C.E., and his prophecies took place during the reigns of the Judeans Kings Jontham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, i.e., before the destruction of the Kingdom of Samaria, in 700 B.C.E. His book is the 6th among the collection of the "Minor Prophets." Unlike Isaiah, his prophecies are usually short, between 3-8 verses, but his language and style are very impressive, reminding us of those of Isaiah, especially in his rebukes, condemnations and his consolations. Unlike Isaiah, however, Micah bases the redemption and salvation of the remnant not on repentance but on God's mercy (hesed). Also, unlike Isaiah, he bases the restoration of the kingdom f the House of Israel on strength and a mighty king of the Davidic dynasty, usually referred to as the House of David, chosen by God. A familiar theme: what God really requires of us is to practice justice, to be kind and merciful to our fellow men and to be humble. We will read this book in its entirety, in Hebrew, in class, analyze it, from both the thematic and stylistic and artistic points of view, and interpret it in English. Thus, we will enjoy the exposure to another great master of the Hebrew language, a fine prophet who was quite an orator. *Recurring themes are Gods mercy and significance of appropriate leadership, which even priests and prophets do not perform. A verse that is often quoted is: He has showed you, o man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you, only to do justice and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)


A Hebrew or Hebrew-English Bible (JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh) The Analytical Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon Other texts will be specified in class.


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