Emeritus Professor John W. Rogerson (1935-2018) delivered the Beauchief Abbey Lectures 2017 on “Poet Prophets of the Old Testament” in 2017.
John Rogerson explains why far more attention should be paid to the poetic side of the Old Testament prophets, and to the implications of their poetic language for understanding God and for talking about God. Poets and poetry are needed, he says, not only in our everyday lives; we need them in our worship, in our theology, in our services, because without poetry these will become impoverished.
Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of Hebrew Poetry in the 18th Century
Lecture 2: The Poet Prophets of the Old Testament
Lecture 3: The Forms of Old Testament Prophecy
Lecture 4: The Servant Songs of Isaiah 42-53
Lecture 5: What do the Poet Prophets of the Old Testament have to say to us today?