Speaking Truth to Power


In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring
rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak
to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos
in 800 BC, crying, seeking help for the poor and the
disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea,
comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah and Micah,
seeking to turn swords into plowshares; Ezekiel’s “dry
bones” commentary of hope and recovery; and dozens
more familiar examples. The prophets did not ask for
the job but accomplished it with great zeal and persuasiveness.
Jesus and St. Paul quoted them often, and
the prophets’ messages frequently are used (and misused)
in today’s political debates.

The course will describe the settings and situations
that caused these messages to be proclaimed, against
kings and nobles, the rich and the entitled — the “haves”
of that time — in favor of the poor and the sick, the
dispossessed, the aliens, the refugees — the have-nots.

We will cover prophetic themes that are still alive today:
sharing the wealth of nations, protection for immigrants
and resident aliens, punishment of the corrupt, equity in
taxation, promises of victory to the just and many more.

No religious background or affiliation is required.


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