The prophets of the Old Testament convey what many find to be an agenda for social justice. Throughout the prophetic works there are several instances of reproach on poor care of the underprivileged and maldistribution of wealth.
1) We will analyze prophecies in order to arrive at what agenda these prophets had regarding social justice and their conception of it, using excerpts to substantiate our interpretation.
2) In this project, our aim is to look at contemporary interpretations and applications of the Social Justice theology of the Prophets from the perspectives of Christian and Jewish theologians, political reformers, and social theories.
3) We also will use examples of poverty and wealth distribution (Third World Countries) as an example of what injustices the prophets reprove.
Multimedia project: We intend to create a power point slide show consisting of images of third world calamities and poverty, each of which shown with a corresponding verse of prophecy dealing with social justice. The presentation will also utilize video/audio excerpts of relevant speakers and proponents of social justice and connect them to a biblical foundation.
Olivia, Joey, Pam, Chris, Zach, Cassie
My portion of this project will focus on contemporary Jewish theologians, primarily Abraham Joshua Heschel. I will connect modern-day social justice issues as the group will focus on such as Haiti, to a Jewish theological foundation based in the prophesy of the Old Testament. The Hebrew pursuit of social justice is not an end in itself, but is part of spiritual practice. One main text I will use is Heschel’s book The Prophets.