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Search: Colloquium 18 (Fall 2019)
October 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
2 Kings 15-25:30, Isaiah 1-12 in the NOAB
Topic of Discussion
The reading for this colloquium chronicles the history of Israel during the reigns of the last five kings before the Assyrians capture Samaria in 722 BCE and the history of Judah during the reigns of the last ten kings until the Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar, conquer Judah in 586 BCE. Among the kings of Judah are Hezekiah, about whom the Deuteronomistic Historian writes: “He trusted in the Lord the God of Israel; so that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, or among those who were before him” (18:5), and Josiah, who was also beyond equal because he “turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the law of Moses” (23:29). But not even the two best kings of Israel could prevent the eclipse of the kingdom by the Babylonians. We will also meet Isaiah, who first appears in 19:2, and whose pronouncements will play a significant role in subsequent movements, for example as the prophetic basis for the claims of Jesus’ followers. Having experienced the Assyrian invasions and envisioned a time when the Israelites would reclaim their place in the world, his writings have been source of inspiration for others who were dispossessed and struggled for restitution. Martin Luther King, Jr., invoked Isaiah when he declared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together” (40:4-5). In the first half of the semester, we have read about events leading up to the siege of Troy and its immediate aftermath and about the collapse of Israel and Judah and the fall of Jerusalem. Come prepared to share your observations about how these events are similar and different.