This unit provides a detailed study of the writings of the four “major” prophets of the Old Testament - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. The student will gain an overview of the nature of the genre of the prophetic literature and its place in the canon of the Old Testament. The unit will further examine the personalities, historical and cultural background, social setting and theology of the four “major” prophets. Selected passages from the Book of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel will be chosen for exegesis. In its conclusion, the unit will address the reception of the prophetic writings in later Christian and Jewish tradition and address the question of public proclamation of the prophetic message.

Unit code: BA3400A

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Mode determined at Scheduling

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Discuss the content and themes of Prophetic Literature in general


Describe and discuss the content, historical context, themes of each of Major prophet


Analyse the theology of Prophetic Literature


Articulate the reception of the Major Prophets in later Christian and Jewish tradition


Apply the message of the Major Prophets to contemporary issues

Unit sequence

An Old Testament Introduction unit


The unit will engage students in analysis and theological reflection through the presentation of lectures, readings and engaging discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Beyer, Bryan E. Encountering the Book of Isaiah: A Historical and Theological Survey. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.
  • Blekinsopp, Joseph. Opening the Sealed Book: Interpretation of the Book of Isaiah in Late Antiquity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
  • Bullock, C. Hassel. An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books. Chicago: Moody, 1986.
  • Childs, Brevard. The Book of Isaiah. Old Testament Library. Louisville, KY: Westminster Press, 2001.
  • Collins, John J. Daniel: A Commentary on the Book of Daniel. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993.
  • Harrison, R. K. Jeremiah and Lamentations: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1973.
  • Smith, Gary V. The Prophets as Preachers: An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994.
  • VanGemern, Willem A. Interpreting the Prophetic World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.
  • Wolf, Herbert M. Interpreting Isaiah: The Suffering and Glory of the Messiah. Grand Rapids: Zordervan, 1985.
  • Wright, Christopher J.H. The Message of Ezekiel: A New Heart and a New Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVersity, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 1500 30.0
Essay 1500 30.0
Essay 2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 6 Sep, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-09-06 11:23:22 +1000