This unit will consist of an examination of the major issues associated with contemporary study of the Book of Isaiah, namely how much can be known about the prophet Isaiah and his preaching, the hypothesis of three major editions of the book (chs. 1–39; 40–55; 56–66) stemming from different periods in Israelite tradition, and the impact this has on one’s reading of the book and its theology. The unit will also involve exegesis of selected texts in the book.

Unit code: BA9013Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the common literary forms found in prophetic literature, and their relevance to the book of Isaiah


Critically evaluate the central debates about the composition and interpretation of the book of Isaiah


Use scholarly commentaries and other resources to interpret the book of Isaiah


Engage in critical discussion of the theological significance of the texts studied in the unit and their relationship to the book of Isaiah


Research and critically assess passages and themes from the book of Isaiah in a rigorous and self-directed manner

Unit sequence

BA8000Y and BN8000Y or equivalent


Lectures, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Childs, Brevard S. Isaiah. Old Testament Library. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Conrad, Edgar W. Reading Isaiah. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1991.
  • Goldingay, John. Isaiah. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. Isaiah. New College Bible Commentary. Old Testament, 13. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2012. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Kim, Hyun Chul Paul. Reading Isaiah. A Literary and Theological Commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys, 2017.
  • Melugin, Roy and Marvin A. Sweeney, eds. New Visions of Isaiah. JSOTSup 214. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1996.
  • Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986.
  • ———. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Seitz, Christopher. Zion’s Final Destiny: The Development of the Book of Isaiah. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1991.
  • Watts, John D. W. Isaiah 1-33. Rev. ed. WBC24. Nashville, TN: Nelson, 2005.
  • ———. Isaiah 34-66. Rev. ed. WBC25. Nashville, TN: Nelson, 2005.
  • Wildberger, Hans. Isaiah: A Commentary. 3 Vols. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2000 word exegetical essay

0 35.0

4500 word essay

4500 65.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000