This unit will engage in a critical study of the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It will examine the prophetic writings against their varied historical, social, political and religious contexts, and will also explore critical issues associated with their interpretation. The unit examines the major theological and ethical themes of the prophetic writings and critically evaluates their contemporary relevance. Special attention is given to a select collection of prophetic texts. The course aims to further develop exegetical and interpretive competence through the critical and creative application of historical, literary, socio-cultural, and ideological methods of analysis to a range of prophetic texts.

Unit Code: BA9039P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive writings of the biblical prophets from the pre-exilic, exilic and post-exilic periods


Demonstrate an understanding of critical issues associated with the interpretation of prophetic literature


Discuss the contextual nature of prophecy in the social, political and religious life of Israel


Discuss major theological and ethical themes in the prophetic literature and critically evaluate their contemporary relevance.


Demonstrate advanced skills in Old Testament critical method through exegesis and interpretation of various prophetic texts


Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication

Unit sequence

15 Points of Biblical Studies


Lectures; Exercises; Seminars; Tutorials


Name Description Weight (%)
Book Review

Structural Analysis of a Prophetic Book – 1000 Words


Essay exploring a theme in one of the Minor Prophets – 2500 Words

Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay – 2500 Words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-14 09:58:27 +1100