A study of the prophetical books of the Old Testament, with special reference to the theological crisis of the destruction of the Temple (586 BCE) and the Babylonian exile.
This paper is an introduction to the prophetical books of the Old Testament, and while it is not necessary to have completed BIBS 112 first, it does extend and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament through a close reading of specific texts. We will study the biblical prophets in the context of the phenomenon of prophecy in the ancient Near East and look at the content, structure, theology and overall message of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea to Malachi, and Daniel in their historical contexts. This paper not only provides a deep engagement with some of the most important and enduringly influential works handed on to us from the ancient world, it also encourages students to develop skills in reading closely and thinking critically - skills that will serve them well not only in their university career, but in the rest of their lives.
|Paper title||God, Land and Exile in the Hebrew Prophets|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$851.85|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,585.00|
- 36 100-level points
- BIBS 311, BIBX 211, BIBX 311
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Dr Don Moffat
- Paper Structure
- The paper will introduce the idea of prophecy and the Bible and the ancient Near East,
and it will then focus on the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah,
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea to Malachi). We will focus particularly on the themes of
covenant, land and exile.
There are three forms of assessment:
- Online discussions (15%)
- Exegesis of one text from the major and minor prophets (25%)
- Three-hour final examination (60%)
- Teaching Arrangements
- A teaching day and two 1-hour videoconferenced lectures per week
- Required: The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical
A Coursebook has also been developed for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, in-depth knowledge
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of this paper, students will be able to
- Summarise the contents, major themes and key interpretive problems in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea to Malachi
- Place these biblical texts in the historical and cultural context of the ancient Near East
- Discuss and analyse selected texts from the biblical prophets, in their historical context