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The Babylonian Period

Instructor: Forrest Bivens

Description:
The primary focus of this course will be on the prophets and the messages of those prophets who served during the Old Testament period of Babylonian political and military dominance. The period of the so-called Neo-Babylonian (or Chaldean) Empire was roughly 625 to 540 BC. Old Testament prophets conveyed God’s messages in connection with this historical landscape, with some anticipating the Lord’s use of Babylonian power, some enduring the brutality of Babylonian strength when the Lord saw fit to allow this, and some address that nation’s downfall at the hand of Cyrus and the Medo-Persians. We will review, in overview fashion, the history of the Babylonian Empire, but our primary attention will be on God’s prophets Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Obadiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The study of these books will be isagogical, with the emphasis on their main emphases and memorable messages in addition to their historical contexts. Hopefully, material used here will find application not only in our spiritual lives, but also as we prepare Bible studies for the people we serve.

Advanced Degree Program(s): STM
Area of Study: Old Testament
Tuition: $375
Course Number: OT5093
Course Credits 1.5