This unit will attend to Isaiah the prophet, the cultural and historical settings of the various parts of Isaiah and the book as a whole, and its theology. It seeks to provide knowledge of the diverse genres of literature within the book, its theological themes, and its interpretation by engaging in exegesis and critical analysis of select texts from the three parts of Isaiah. Participants will engage their readings of Isaiah in the context of real world situations.

Unit code: BS9059P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Exhibit an understanding and advanced knowledge of the Book of Isaiah and its contents


Demonstrate critical awareness of the cultural, social, historical, literary, religious, and theological issues pertaining to the Book of Isaiah.


Critically analyse the primary and secondary literature


Apply methodological skills in Old Testament interpretation


Assess the relevance of the messages of Isaiah to the contemporary context of church and society

Unit sequence

BA - Life, History and the People of God in the Hebrew Scriptures


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ackerman, Susan. “Isaiah,” Pages 169-77, in Newsome, Carol A. and Sharon H. Ringe, (eds.), The Women’s Bible Commentary (Expanded), London/Louisville: SPCK/Westminster John Knox, 1998.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. Isaiah 1-39 AB, New York: Doubleday, 2000.
  • ________. Isaiah 40-55 AB, New York: Doubleday, 2002.
  • ________. Isaiah 55-66 AB, New York: Doubleday, 2003.
  • Broyles, C. C. and Evans, C. A. (eds.), Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah: Studies of an Interpretive Tradition. Leiden: Brill, 1997
  • Brueggemann, Walter. Isaiah 1-39. Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox,
  • Childs, B. S. Isaiah. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
  • ________. The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Hanson, Paul D. Isaiah 40-66. Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
  • Koch, Timothy. “Isaiah,” Pages 371-385, in Guest, Deryn, et. al., (eds.), The Queer Bible Commentary, London: SCM, 2006.
  • Patte, Daniel (Ed.), The Global Bible Commentary, Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.
  • Paul, Shalom M. Isaiah 40-66, Eerdmans Critical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.
  • Wildberger, H. Isaiah 1-12. Trans. T. H. Trapp. CC. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.
  • ________. Isaiah 13-27. Trans. T. H. Trapp. CC. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997.
  • ________. Isaiah 28-39. Trans. T. H. Trapp. CC. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.
  • Williamson, H. G. M. The Book Called Isaiah: Deutero Isaiah’s Role in Composition and Redaction. Oxford: Clarendon, 1994.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

exegetical essay – 3000 words

0 50.0

an essay – 3000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-25 11:25:45 +1100