Content

This unit aims to introduce the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel through an in-depth exploration of prophetic books that have their roots in the 8th C BCE, especially Amos and Hosea. It will explore the historical background assumed by these books and survey modern theories about their growth and composition. Critical and exegetical tools will be used to study selected passages from Amos and Hosea (with some excursions into Micah and Isaiah), in light of modern schools of study. Particular attention will be paid to a number of theological themes within these writings (including justice and righteousness; loyal love; knowledge of God; divine suffering) and the relevance of these themes within current ‘prophetic voices’.

Unit Code: BA9002S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate a familiarity with the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel during the 8th century BCE

2.

Describe and evaluate a variety of scholarly approaches to studying the texts of Amos and Hosea

3.

Articulate the major theological themes in Amos and Hosea in relation to the socio-political climate of the 8th century BCE and the wider theological diversities of the Hebrew Bible

4.

Compare the issues faced by these prophets, and their responses to these issues, with current issues and ‘prophetic voices’

5.

Reflect theologically on the place of the ‘prophetic voice’ in the church and in contemporary contexts in dialogue with findings arising from critical, self-directed research

Unit sequence

BA8001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent

Pedagogy

Lectures, tutorials

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

3500 word essay

50.0
Case Study

3,500 word case study

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-23 12:45:36 +1100