This unit explores the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel during the eighth century BCE. The theology of specific prophets will be considered, including motifs such as covenant, eschatology, law and cult, social justice, election, “the remnant”, and foreign nations. Critical and exegetical tools will be employed to study selected passages in Isaiah, Micah, Amos and Hosea.

Unit Code: BA9392B

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


Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the overall historical, political, and social framework of the Ancient Near East and the Eighth Century Prophets.


Articulate and compare the major theological themes of the relevant prophets


Assess the relationships between Old Testament covenants, the Torah and the message of the Eighth Century Prophets


Compare and contrast selected prophets’ responses to the religious and socio-cultural contexts of 8th century Israel and Judah


Produce evidence of advanced research and exegetical skills, including methodological considerations


Critically evaluate the mandate to social action with respect to the message of the Eighth Century Prophets

Unit sequence

24 points post-graduate foundational in Biblical Studies, or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Blog 1,500 words total

1500 20.0

2,200 word Essay

2200 35.0
Exegetical Essay

3,300 word Exegetical essay

3300 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-16 09:17:40 +1000