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 Century 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: BA3702S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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


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


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


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


Reflect theologically on the place of the ‘prophetic voice’ in the church and contemporary contexts

Unit sequence

BA1001S or equivalent foundational unit


On-line engagement and discussion; on-line tutorials utilizing the facilities of ARK


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

1,250 word critical reflection on a set reading

1250 25.0

2,500 word essay

2500 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,250 word tutorial presentation report

1250 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-23 11:51:42 +1100