The 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 and 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: BA9330C

Unit status: Archived (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competence in the knowledge and application of methodologies and conventions of advanced research of Old Testament texts;


Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the range of approaches used in critical study of the book of Isaiah and an ability to apply them;


Raise and respond to questions about fundamental concepts and approaches in critical study of the book of Isaiah;


Manifest a broad knowledge of relevant background material in the study of the book of Isaiah and an ability to employ it critically;


Develop a specific topic of research on the book of Isaiah in a critically rigorous, sustained, and self-directed manner;


Articulate in a critical manner an understanding of how the various parts of the book of Isaiah combine, or do not combine, to form a meaningful whole.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Lectures, tutorials and class discussion

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 (%)

4,500-word essay

4500 65.0

2,500-word exegesis

2500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2023-06-13 16:04:43 +1000