Students in this unit will study the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy in its Ancient West Asian (Ancient Near Eastern) context. Each instance of a difference in justice and theodicy themes will be studied within individual literary prophetic books and prophetic characters’ in other OT narratives. Emphasis is on justice issues in Amos and Hosea, and theological themes more generally in Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel. Consideration will be given to the relevance of these texts in the global context.

Unit code: BA2709T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of prophecy as it appeared in ancient West Asia (Near East).


Understand key points regarding the historical background of the prophetic literature and traditions of ancient Israel.


Apply a range of biblical reading methodologies and approaches to selected prophetic texts.


Analyse and exegete a specific prophetic text


Articulate key prophetic themes and theologies

Unit sequence

BA1000T Introduction to the Old Testament OR equivalent


Lectures and assessment that require demonstration of some integration of knowledge with specific skills, tools and applications to specific contexts.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Baltzer, Klaus. Deutero-Isaiah. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.
  • Barton, John. Oracles of God: Perceptions of Ancient Prophecy in Israel after the Exile. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 2007.
  • Block, Daniel. The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 25–48. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Doan, William and Terry Giles. Prophets, Performance and Power. New York: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Dube Shomanah, Musa W., Grant Me Justice! HIV/Aids and Gender Readings Of The Bible. Edited by Musa W. Dube and Musimbi Kanyoro. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004.
  • Houston, Walter J.Contending for Justice: Ideologies and Theologies of Social Justice in the Old Testament. London: T & T Clark, 2006.
  • Lundbom, Jack R. The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.
  • Robinson, Bernard. “Jeremiah’s New Covenant: Jer 31, 31-34.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 15 22 (2001): 181-204.
  • Sweeney, Marvin A. The Prophetic Literature. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial (equivalent to 500 words)

0 15.0

Exegetical essay (2500 words)

0 40.0

Report (500 words)

0 15.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (equivalent to 1000 words)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-11 08:57:19 +1100