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  • Unit Code & NameBA9123B Deutero-Isaiah
  • Description

    This unit explores the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy during the sixth century BCE through focusing 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46009
  • LevelPostgraduate Postgraduate Elective
  • Semester4. Semester 2, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    25 July to 28 October 2022

    This unit offers four online tutorials throughout the semester.

    We recommend that you allocate 12 hours a week for all study activities.

  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • Prerequisites

    24 points Biblical Studies at Postgraduate Foundational level or equivalent

  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, seminars, group work

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.


  • Assessments

    1 x 2,000 word Exegetical essay - 30%

    1 x 1,500 word Creative piece of work based on exegesis, e.g. Bible Study/Sermon Magazine article (response to contemporary reader question), Series of prayers (based upon a selected literary form) - 20%

    1 x 3,500 word Essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1.  Assess how the cultural, historical, political, and social context of the sixth century Babylonian diaspora shapes our understanding of the text.

    2.  Examine the major theological themes, and assess the contribution this material makes to Old Testament theology.

    3.  Describe the various literary forms that contribute to our understanding of the text.

    4.  Apply advanced exegetical skills to selected texts with particular regard to Hebrew poetry.

    5.  Critically discuss the extent to which the prophet's rhetorical strategies were designed to elicit hope in his audience.

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

    7.  Create hermeneutical linkages between Isaiah 40-55 and a contemporary context.