Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

9) VSM B209 Understanding Advocacy & Socio-Economic Justice: The Prophetic Literature - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Prophetic Literature with the added caveat of understanding the Prophets chief role as law-enforcers and advocates for social justice.

Learning Outcomes
The course will enable the student to:
1. Identify familiar major features of the history of the ancient Near East, and Israel during the period of the ministry of the prophets.
2. Develop solid methodological skills for interpreting prophetic literature especially in regards to their role as law-enforcers.
3. Understand the significance of the role played by prophets as advocates for the poor and promoters of social justice.
4. Compare the social-justice issues in Ancient Israel and contemporary Africa.
5. Develop social justice strategies for our current church and community contexts.

Course Content
The history of Israel and the Ancient Near East during the prophetic period with specific attention to important individuals and events relevant for understanding individual prophets;
The various theories regarding the origin, function, self-understanding of prophecy in ancient Israel;
Methodology for interpreting prophetic literature;
Utilize the issue of “land” in the OT Prophets and contemporary Africa as a tool for addressing social injustices;
Understanding of advocacy and social justice in Africa, past and present; Exploring the adoption of the prophetic strategies to address current social-justice issues.

1) Obrobator, A.E.. Practicing Reconciliation, Doing Justice, Building Peace. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2013.
2) Johnston, Philip & Peter Walker, The Land of Promise: Biblical, Theological, and Contemporary Perspectives. Downers Grove: IVP 2000.
3) Kanyandago, Peter, Marginalized Africa: An Internal Perspective. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2002.
4) Towards A Better Distribution of Land: The Challenge of Agrarian Reform, Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1998.
5) Shorter, Alyward, Concepts of Social Justice in Traditional Africa. Pro Dialogo Bulletin 12 (1977), 32-51.