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.

Unit Code: BA3723B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the cultural, historical, political, and social context of the sixth century Babylonian diaspora


Discuss 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


Apply exegetical skill to selected texts with particular regard to Hebrew poetry


Analyse how New Testament authors have used and adapted Isaiah 40-55 to contribute to the Christian message


Create hermeneutical linkages between Deutero-Isaiah and a contemporary context

Unit sequence

30 points Biblical Studies


Lectures, seminars, group work, online forums, videos


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

1,000 words Creative piece of work based on exegesis, eg Bible Study/ Sermon Magazine article (response to contemporary reader question) Series of prayers (based upon a selected literary form)

0 20.0

2,500 word essay

0 50.0
Exegetical Essay

1,500 word exegetical essay

0 30.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:13:49 +1100