Prophetic Ministry

Course Description

The biblical model of the prophet is both frequently invoked and poorly interpret-ed. While the church continues to declare that the prophet “speaks for God,” it often limits such speech to pronouncements circumscribed by tradition. At the level of social justice, an emphasis on deconstruction and critique with a failure to offer a constructive vision for a just order further circumscribes definitions of the prophetic. Whether limited to ministries of justice, regular preaching, or charismatic utterance, the “prophet” suffers from a myopic understanding that fails to do justice to the richness of the biblical tradi-tion.

This course, taught by Harold Dean Trulear at Howard University School of Divinity, is designed to mine said richness, drawing on more fully orbed un-derstandings of the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures, proper nuancing of prophetic work detailed in the New Testament, and the African American struggle for racial justice. The latter should not be taken to mean that we will not consider issues of gender, ethnicity and economics. Rather these will figure prominently in our discussions when we consider what it means to be the Kingdom of God on earth.

  • Course Categories: Pastoral Theology
  • Science Topics: Life Sciences
  • Seminaries: Howard University School of Divinity
  • Syllabus: Prophetic Ministry
  • Tags:
    pastoral theology, health, genetics, genomics, science and religion, mainline protestant, life sciences, prophetic ministry

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