This unit is a study of the book and message of Isaiah. It will consider various traditions of interpretation of this prophetic book, including contemporary approaches. Views on historical and socio-cultural background to the text, as well as literary analysis of Isaiah will be examined. The exploration into the formation of the book will consider the major theories regarding location, dating and authorship. The call, role and work of the prophet Isaiah will be examined in relation to the prophetic vocation and phenomenon. Exegetical study of selected passages of Isaiah will form a key focus of the unit, including consideration of the relevance of Isaiah’s message for today.

Unit Code: BA9003S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate competency in the use of exegetical tools for analysing selected passages from Isaiah


Critically assess varied hermeneutical approaches to Isaiah.


Discuss and assess various perspectives on the background to Isaiah, including its composition, authorship, literary structure, and historical context.


Demonstrate an integrated approach to the application of theological themes in Isaiah to contemporary contexts.


Critically evaluate and apply current research on Isaiah.

Unit sequence

BA8001S or BA8701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible


Lecture material, group discussion, and exegetical exercises.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Literature Review (selected) (1000 words)

0 20.0

Thematic Essay (2000 words)

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

. Exegetical Essay (3000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 3 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-13 14:43:06 +1100