Ezekiel was a prophet of the Exile. His intended audience was not only the exilic community in Babylon but also the remnant community in Jerusalem after 597 BCE. His prophetic language is highly imaginative and visual. The Book of Ezekiel shows great interest in the cult, ritual and the priesthood of the Jerusalem Temple. The Book contains three great visions in narrative form: the call of the prophet in chapters 1-3; the departure of the divine presence from the doomed temple in Jerusalem in chapters 8-11; and the vision of the new sanctuary of God in the prolonged narrative in chapters 40-48. This unit will examine these three great visions in the Book in some detail. The visions offer a sustained and unique insight into Ezekiel’s understanding of God, both in terms of divine presence and divine absence, and how God is to be worshipped in the new circumstances of exile. The visions offer new hope for a different future.

Unit Code: BA9321C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the geo-political, religious and ideological context of Jeremiah’s prophecy,


Exhibit advanced exegetical skills in reading and interpreting the three texts, and especially the Masoretic text


Appraise and contrast the varied interpretations of the texts in the secondary literature, thus demonstrating the capacity to deal with a range of approaches to the text


Critically evaluate the theory of divine presence/absence as the unifying theme of the narratives


Demonstrate the capacity to undertake research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C Students undertaking the unit for Research Masters degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate biblical language


Lectures, seminars, interactive class work, research projects


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

OPTION 1: 2000-word seminar paper 30% One week after completion relevant seminar 5000-word essay 70% Exam week OR
OPTION 2: 7000-word essay 100% Exam week

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-17 16:35:29 +1100