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: BA9123B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Unit sequence

15 points Biblical Studies at Postgraduate Foundational level or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2,000 word exegetical essay

2000 30.0

3,500 word essay

3500 50.0
Exegetical Essay

1 x 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)

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-22 14:51:07 +1100