Students in this unit will study the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy in its ancient West Asian (Near Eastern) context. Each instance of a difference in justice and theodicy themes will be studied within individual literary prophetic books and prophetic characters’ narrative appearances. 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: BA9709T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

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).


Appraise key texts and historical background of the prophetic literature and traditions of ancient Israel.


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


Critically analyse and exegete a specific prophetic text.


Articulate and evaluate key prophetic themes and theologies.


Demonstrate critical evaluation of secondary sources/resources for the preparation and construction of an exegetical essay

Unit sequence

BA8000T/BA8009T Introduction to the Old Testament or equivalent


Lectures and assessment that require application of advanced concepts and skills, critical analysis and competent communication. This includes the demonstration of knowledge with specific skills, tools and applications to complex real world disciplinary or professional problems.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay (3000 words)

0 50.0

Report (1000 words)

0 15.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (equivalent to 1000 words)

0 20.0

Forum (online) (equivalent to 1000 words)

0 15.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-07-01 07:59:00 +1000