This unit will examine the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy set in its Ancient Near Eastern context. The historical setting of the message of individual prophets will be considered and their theology examined. Emphasis will be given to texts taken from the prophecies of Amos and Hosea. Also, a selection of texts from Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel will be considered.

Unit code: BA3300C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the phenomenon of prophecy in the Ancient Near East


Be cognizant with the historical background of the prophetic period in Israel.


Describe the principal literary forms and modes of expression used in the prophetic literature.


Apply and evaluate a range of standard biblical methodologies used to examine prophetic texts


Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the content, structure and theological themes found in selected prophetic texts


Offer a credible interpretation of prophetic texts for today

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Each three hours consists of two hours of interactive lectures and one hour of report.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Baltzer, Klaus. Deutero-Isaiah. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Isaiah 40–55 (AB 19A). New York: Doubleday, 2002.
  • ———. Sage, Priest, Prophet: Religious and Intellectual Leadership in Ancient Israel. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.
  • Block, Daniel. The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 25–48. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1 and 2: A Commentary on the Book of Jeremiah. Edited by Paul D. Hanson. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1986, 1989.
  • Kratz, Reinhard G. The Prophets of Israel. Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible, vol. 2. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015. (EBook available.)
  • Lundbom, Jack R. The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.
  • Petersen, David L. The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
  • Sweeney, Marvin A. The Prophetic Literature. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3,000-word report

0 35.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 30.0

500-word report

0 17.0

500-word report

0 18.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-12 10:24:56 +1100