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BIBS211 God, Land and Exile in the Hebrew Prophets

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
Paper code BIBS211
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2016
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $835.20
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,435.00

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBS 311, BIBX 211, BIBX 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
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.
Contact
james.harding@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Reverend Dr James Harding
Paper Structure
The paper will introduce the idea of prophecy and the Bible and the ancient Near East, and will then focus on the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea to Malachi, Daniel). 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
On-campus students: teaching day and two one-hour lectures per week.
Distance students: teaching day and four two-hour audioconferences.
Textbooks
Required: The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books

A Coursebook has also been developed for this course.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, in-depth knowledge, interdisciplinary perspective, scholarship.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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, Hosea to Malachi, and Daniel
  • Place these biblical texts in the historical context of the ancient Near East, from the eighth to the second centuries BCE
  • Understand and explain selected texts from the biblical prophets, in their historical context

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Timetable

Not offered in 2016

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

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
Paper code BIBS211
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2017 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 100-level points
Restriction
BIBS 311, BIBX 211, BIBX 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
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.
Contact
don.moffat@otago.ac.nz
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
Textbooks
Required: The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version with Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books

A Coursebook has also been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, in-depth knowledge
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
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

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-29, 31-34, 36-41

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 15:00-20:50 30