Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Da’at (Theoria): basic knowledge of the Early Prophets
- Binah (Praxis): ability to exegete the Early Prophets with respect to their own (Jewish) contextual environment and its Hebraic expressions.
- Chochma (Poiesis): practical exegesis of the Early Prophets and application to the student's halakha.
Required Course Texts & Course Materials
Fox, Everett. The Early Prophets. The Schocken Bible Volume II; New York, N.Y.: Schocken Books, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8052-4181-5.
Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Fourth Edition (or later); Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox, 2009. ISBN 978-0-6642-3344-0.
Brian Tice was ordained as a Sephardic Rabbi (Moreh Hora'ah) by MJR in May of 2000 and by Y'sharim USA in June of 2016 (Choshen Mishpat/Dayan). He obtained his B.Sci. in Bible and Ancient Languages from Cornerstone University and his M.Sci. in Higher Education with an emphasis on Classical Hebrew Andragogy from Kaplan/Purdue Global. He also studied Music and Modern Languages at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Worship Studies at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Middle Eastern History through Tel Aviv University.
Professor Tice has taught Hebrew, Hermeneutics, Tanakh Exegesis, and Apologetics for Cornerstone University (as a Graduate Assistant) and for Take Hold Ministry School. He also developed a number of courses for International Messianic Torah Institute and MJR Yeshiva as well as teaching homeschool music and Torah cantillation courses in the Grand Rapids area (Michigan).
Professor Tice facilitated the Torah Schul at his home synagogue for three years as well as serving as a chazzan and occasionally teaching from the bimah. He has also delivered the D’var Torah on the “Torah Foundations of Faith” radio program on Hebrew Nation Radio. Presently, he is a Hebrew and Judaica research scholar with Manuscript Research Group, working with Jewish manuscripts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Judeo-Arabic and spanning nearly all nusachot and minhagim.
Professor Tice contributes to tikkun olam by working with the Willing to Wait Leadership Team, an abstinence education ministry of the Pregnancy Resource Center and ministering to the local homeless and poor. He has also volunteered with Little Mary’s Hospitality House, a woodland vacation resort for families with children battling life-threatening or terminal illnesses, for 11 years; Habitat for Humanity for 7 years; Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo for 6 years; and several homeless ministries.
StartModule 1: Introduction to the Formal Writing Prophets
StartModule 2: Hosea, Joel, & Amos
StartModule 3: Obadiah, Jonah, & Micah
StartModule 4: Nahum, Habakkuk, & Zephaniah
StartModule 5: Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi
StartModule 6: History, Chastisement, & Justice
StartModule 7: Jeremiah & Ezekiel
StartModule 8: Isaiah
StartModule 9: Pathos in the Prophets
StartModule 10: Wrath & Sympathy
StartModule 11: Ecstasy & Inspiration
StartModule 12: Other Themes and Concluding Thoughts