In the final lecture in his series on the twelve ‘minor’ prophets of Israel, the Trei Asar, David examines the prophets who lived during the period after Israel’s return to Zion, following the Babylonian exile, namely:
With their unique post-exilic messages, these three prophets addressed the concerns of a population grappling with rebuilding Jerusalem after generations away. Some of the ideas expressed in their powerful prophetic books include:
- the need to rebuild the leadership of Israel
- the importance of building a new temple in Jerusalem
- a call to do teshuva
- rebuilding oneself through dialogue with God
- the failure of previous generations
- creating righteous leadership
- ecstatic visions
- the implications of changing geopolitical realities
- false prophecy
- the end of the prophetic epoch.
David closely examines key passages of these biblical texts, explaining their meaning and the implications of their messages.
As always, he places the prophets, their lives, and their words in historical context. He also emphasises the lasting importance of their ideas for the Jewish people as a nation and for us all as individuals.