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.
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
15 points Biblical Studies at Postgraduate Foundational level or equivalent
Lectures, seminars, group work
2,000 word exegetical essay
3,500 word 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)
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