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BA2/3/9003

Isaiah: Hope, despair, redemption

Second or third level unit for undergraduates
Elective unit for postgraduates

Content:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, undergraduate students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the use of exegetical tools for analysing selected passages from Isaiah.
  2. Explore and apply different hermeneutical approaches to Isaiah.
  3. Discuss various perspectives on the background to Isaiah, including its composition, authorship, literary structure and historical context.
  4. Reflect theologically on major themes in Isaiah, including their contemporary relevance.
  5. Effectively use and apply current research on Isaiah.

Upon successful completion of this unit, postgraduate students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the use of exegetical tools for analysing selected passages from Isaiah.
  2. Critically assess varied hermeneutical approaches to Isaiah.
  3. Discuss and assess various perspectives on the background to Isaiah, including its composition, authorship, literary structure, and historical context.
  4. Demonstrate an integrated approach to the application of theological themes in Isaiah to contemporary contexts.
  5. Critically evaluate and apply current research on Isaiah.

Prerequisites:

Second level – BA1001S or BA1701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible
Third level – 45 points in Field B including 30 points in Hebrew Bible
Postgraduates – BA8001S or BA8701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent

Offered: 2019 in semester 2

Lecturer: Angela Sawyer

Assessment:

Level 2

  1. Literature Review (1000 words) 20%
  2. Thematic Essay (1000 words) 30%
  3. Exegetical Essay (2000 words) 50%

Level 3

  1. Literature Review (1000 words) 20%
  2. Thematic Essay (1500 words) 30%
  3. Exegetical Essay (2500 words) 50%

Postgraduate

  1. Literature Review (selected) (1000 words) 20%
  2. Thematic Essay (2000 words) 30%
  3. Exegetical Essay (3000 words) 50%

Bibliography:

**Abernethy, Andrew T., Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft, Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013.

Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Isaiah 40-55: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2007.

Brueggemann, Walter. Isaiah 1-39. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville, Ky: Westminster/John Knox Pr, 1998.

___________ Walter. Isaiah 40-66. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville, Ky: Westminster/John Knox Pr, 1998.

Childs, Brevard S. Isaiah. Old Testament Library. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001.

Conrad, Edgar W. Reading Isaiah. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1991.

Darr, Katheryn Pfisterer. Isaiah’s Vision and the Family of God. Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.

*Goldingay, John. The Theology of the Book of Isaiah. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2014.

Matthews, Victor H. The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.

O’Brien, Julia M. Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39. NICOT: Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986.

———. The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Watts, John D. W. Isaiah 1-33. WBC 24. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985.

———. Isaiah 34-66. WBC 25. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987.