This unit will introduce the concepts of justice in the teaching of Israel’s prophets, giving attention to key prophetic texts in their historical and social contexts. The focus for exegetical studies will be texts selected from Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah. The relevance of these texts will be discussed in relation to the dynamic biblical dialogue about the nature of sin, the role of law, and the impact of social and economic change on Israel’s understanding of divine will.

Unit Code: BA9002W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate detailed knowledge of selected prophetic texts on the theme of justice;


Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the social, economic, religious issues underlying these texts


Critically analyse biblical texts using a variety of approaches to interpretation;


Critically appreciate the variety of biblical concepts of justice;


Reflect theologically on biblical texts and relate biblical studies to other theological disciplines in a research project at a postgraduate standard.

Unit sequence

48 points in Hebrew Bible


There are six fortnightly sessions, with accompanied online interaction. Each session consists of lecturer’s input, guided reading, additional suggested resources, and tutorial tasks requiring critical reflection and peer interaction. Students will be expected to contribute to the online tutorial discussions following each session


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegesis 3,000 words

3000 40.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 40.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online tutorial participation (not fewer than 6 entries of approximately 300 words) 1,800 words

1800 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 08:02:32 +1100