This unit provides a detailed study of the writings of the four “major” prophets of the Old Testament - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. The student will gain an overview of the nature of the genre of the prophetic literature and its place in the canon of the Old Testament. The unit will further examine the personalities, historical and cultural background, social setting and theology of the four “major” prophets. Selected passages from the Book of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel will be chosen for exegesis. In its conclusion, the unit will address the reception of the prophetic writings in later Christian and Jewish tradition and address the question of public proclamation of the prophetic message.

Unit Code: BA3400A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss the content and themes of Prophetic Literature in general


Describe and discuss the content, historical context, themes of each of Major prophet


Analyse the theology of Prophetic Literature


Articulate the reception of the Major Prophets in later Christian and Jewish tradition


Apply the message of the Major Prophets to contemporary issues

Unit sequence

An Old Testament Introduction unit


The unit will engage students in analysis and theological reflection through the presentation of lectures, readings and engaging discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task, 1250 words

0 30.0

Written Assessment Task, 7500 words

0 20.0

Written Assessment Task, 2500 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-12 12:03:53 +1100