This first lecture in David’s four-part series on the Trei Asar, the twelve minor prophets, explores how these remarkable biblical figures transformed the idea of religious practice – in particular, the way in which nations and individuals should worship a divine entity that cannot be seen.
In this talk, David examines the lives and messages of the first three of these twelve prophets:
- Hoshea (Hosea)
- Yoel (Joel).
Throughout the lecture, David discusses the prophetic themes contained within the books, including that:
- God is the God of the whole world
- nations are judged
- Israel is judged on its behavior as a society of individuals
- the importance of teshuva for individuals and nations
- the messianic age
- God’s relationship with the people of Israel
- justice is more important than sacrifice.
The talk outlines the historical and geopolitical contexts for these prophets and their messages. David also flags the cultural and spiritual legacies of these remarkable biblical figures.
This lecture was recorded in 2015 at the Jewish Museum in Melbourne.