John Singer Sargent, "Frieze of Prophets" (1890-1895), North Wall. Boston Public Library. 

Johnson University

BIBL 3205

The Book of the Twelve


course description

Learners explore the texts of the Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi). Attention is given to understanding the message of the prophets in its historical context as prelude for contemporary encouragement and cultural critique. Prerequisites: BIBL 2130 Exegetical Methods for English Bible and BIBL 2201 Orientation to the New Testament.


Key Documents

Syllabus for Spring Semester, 2018

Schedule for Spring Semester, 2018

Select Bibliography for The Book of the Twelve

Bible Facts to Know (Mastery of this list of names, places, events, and dates is expected of all graduates of Johnson University. A portion of this list will be tested by BIBL 3205.)

Guide to Brueggemann

Interactive guides for digesting Brueggemann's work are available by clicking the links below. 

Assignment Directions

Chapter 1 Guide

Chapter 2 Guide

Chapter 3 Guide

Chapter 4 Guide

Chapter 5 Guide

Chapter 6 Guide

Chapter 7 and Postscript Guide

Outline of Sessions

The following outline presents the general shape of the semester's study. Consult the schedule above (under "Key Documents") to align this shape with your classroom experience. While the outline below is fixed, the schedule may be adjusted as the semester unrolls. 

Two links appear under each session. The first ("Preview") offers thumbnail sketches, goals, assignments and resources that correspond with classroom presentations. The second ("Worksheet") represents a page to be printed, completed, and brought to the classroom on the day it is due. Again, consult the schedule for due dates. 


A. Introductory Matters: The Hebrew bible and the Prophetic Phenomenon

1.  Introduction to the Course

Preview to Session 1

Worksheet for Session 1

2.  The Hebrew Bible and the Prophetic Phenomenon

Preview to Session 2

Worksheet for Session 2

Memory work: 2 Peter 1:21

3.  Prophetic Communication

Preview to Session 3

Worksheet for Session 3

Assigned Reading from Schlimm

Memory work: Hebrews 1:1-2

4.  Prophetic Themes and the Challenge of Interpretation (Part 1)

Preview to Session 4

Worksheet for Session 4

Assigned Reading from Smith (2010: 139-148)

5.  Prophetic Themes and the Challenge of Interpretation (Part 2)

Preview to Session 5

Worksheet for Session 5

Assigned reading from Pate et al (2004: 88-103)

Study Guide for Exam 1

B. the book of the Twelve and the Assyrian shadow

6. History, Prophecy, and the Assyrian Shadow

Preview to Session 6

King List of the Assyrian Empire

Summary of the Assyrian Empire

Map of the Assyrian Empire

Worksheet for Session 6

7.  Jonah

Preview to Session 7

Worksheet for Session 7

8.  Amos (Part 1)

Preview to Session 8

Worksheet for Session 8

9.  Amos (Part 2)

Preview to Session 9

Worksheet for Session 9

Memory work: Amos 5:21-24

10.  Hosea (Part 1)

Preview to Session 10

Worksheet for Session 10

Memory work: Hosea 2:21-23

11.  Hosea (Part 2)

Preview to Session 11

Worksheet for Session 11

12.  Micah (Part 1)

Preview to Session 12

Worksheet for Session 12

13.  Micah (Part 2)

Preview to Session 13

Worksheet for Session 13

Memory work: Micah 6:6-8

Study Guide for Exam 2


C. The book of the twelve and the Babylonian shadow

14.  History, Prophecy, and the Babylonian Shadow

Preview to Session 14

Worksheet for Session 14

15.  Obadiah

Preview to Session 15

Worksheet for Session 15

16.  Zephaniah

Preview to Session 16

Worksheet for Session 16

17.  Habakkuk

Preview to Session 17

Worksheet for Session 17

Memory work: Romans 1:16-17

18.  Nahum

Preview to Session 18

Worksheet for Session 18

Memory work: Nahum 1:7-8

Study Guide for Exam 3


D. the book of the twelve and the Persian shadow

19. History, Prophecy, and the Persian Shadow

Preview to Session 19

Worksheet for Session 19

20. Joel

Preview to Session 20

Worksheet for Session 20

Memory work: Joel 2:28

21. Haggai

Preview to Session 21

Worksheet for Session 21

22. Zechariah (part 1)

Preview to Session 22

Worksheet for Session 22

23.  Zechariah (part 2)

Preview to Session 23

Worksheet for Session 23

Memory work: Zechariah 9:9

24.  Malachi

Preview to Session 24

Worksheet for Session 24

Study Guide for Exam 4