This unit explores the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy during the sixth century BCE through focussing upon the prophetic material commonly known as Deutero-Isaiah. It will give students an opportunity to further develop their exegetical skills through detailed engagement with the text. While this unit addresses theories concerning the unity of the book of Isaiah, its focus is upon Isaiah 40-55. It takes account of the historical, cultural, religious, literary, and theological aspects of the text. It will also attend to how these texts have been used by New Testament authors in their explanation of the Gospel.
Describe the cultural, historical, political, and social context of the sixth century Babylonian diaspora
Identify the major theological themes, and the contribution this material makes to Old Testament theology
Recognise and describe different literary forms that contribute to our understanding of the text
Interpret selected texts with particular regard to Hebrew poetry
Evaluate the use of Deutero-Isaiah by NT writers in shaping the Christian message.
15 points Biblical Studies
Lectures, seminars, group work
1,000 words Creative piece of work based on exegesis, eg Bible Study / Sermon Magazine article Series of prayers (based upon a selected literary form)
2,000 word essay
1,500 word exegetical essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:13:33 +1100