This unit provides an opportunity for students to study a corpus of material that embraces much of the history of prophecy in Israel. The unit will comprise: an introduction to the twelve so-called ‘minor prophets’, an analysis of the books of Hosea, Amos, Micah, Jonah and Zechariah from the twelve Prophets; and an examination of the hypothesis that the twelve constitute a book of prophecy. Students will undertake detailed exegesis of passages selected from the books listed above.

Unit code: BA2017Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the major hypotheses about the nature and composition of each of the prophetic books listed


Identify the different features of each prophetic book


Make appropriate use of secondary sources; e.g., commentaries


Research and assess passages or themes from the Book of the Twelve

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y


Lectures, Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic, 1985.
  • Ben Zvi, E. and J. D. Nogalski, eds. Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve / the Twelve Prophetic Books. Analecta Gorgiana 201. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2009.
  • Ferreiro, A., ed. The Twelve Prophets. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2003. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Le Cureux, J. T. The Thematic Unity of the Book of the Twelve. Hebrew Bible Monographs 41. Sheffield: Phoenix, 2012.
  • Nogalski, J. D. Literary Precursors to the Book of the Twelve. BZAW 217. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 1993.
  • ———. Redactional Processes in the Book of the Twelve. BZAW 218. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 1993.
  • Pedersen, D. L. The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. Louisville, TN: WJK, 2002.
  • Sweeney, M. A., et al., eds. The Twelve Prophets. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2000.
  • Sweeney, M. A. The Prophetic Literature. Interpreting Biblical Texts. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005. (Recommended for purchase)
  • Wilson, R. R. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1980.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2000 word exegetical paper

0 40.0

2500 word essay

0 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-08 08:27:51 +1100