Content

This unit explores the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy during the sixth century BCE through focussing upon the prophetic material commonly known as Deutero-Isaiah. It will give students an opportunity to further develop their exegetical skills through detailed engagement with the text. While this unit addresses theories concerning the unity of the book of Isaiah, its focus is upon Isaiah 40-55. It takes account of the historical, cultural, religious, literary, and theological aspects of the text. It will also attend to how these texts have been used by New Testament authors in their explanation of the Gospel.

Unit Code: BA9723B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Assess how the cultural, historical, political, and social context of the sixth century Babylonian diaspora shapes our understanding of the text

2.

Examine the major theological themes, and assess the contribution this material makes to Old Testament theology

3.

Describe the various literary forms that contribute to our understanding of the text.

4.

Apply advanced exegetical skills to selected texts with particular regard to Hebrew poetry

5.

Critically discuss the extent to which the prophet’s rhetorical strategies were designed to elicit hope in his audience

6.

Evaluate how New Testament authors have used and adapted Isaiah 40-55 to contribute to the Christian message

7.

Create hermeneutical linkages between Isaiah 40-55 and a contemporary context

Unit sequence

24 points Biblical Studies at Postgraduate Foundational level or equivalent

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, group work, online forums, videos

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

3,500 word essay

50.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000 word exegetical essay

30.0
Essay

1,500 words Creative piece of work based on exegesis, eg Bible Study/ Sermon Magazine article (response to contemporary reader question) Series of prayers (based upon a selected literary form)

20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-16 09:28:39 +1000