SC 242 - The Word of the Lord through the Prophets

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Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures 24 hours; Tutorials 3 hours; Tutorial preparation 12 hours; Reading for class 24 hours; Assignment 24 hours; Exam preparation 12 hours


Continuous assessment 25% = 1500-word paper;15% = tutorials; Final examination 60% = 120-minute examination (end of semester)

Module Aims

Module Aim: To enable students to develop skills for an analytical and faith-filled interpretation of the Old Testament prophetic literature.

Indicative syllabus:

• Israelite prophecy within its historical and literary context

• Early Israelite prophets Samuel and Elijah

• Prophecy within its ancient Near Eastern context

• Prophetic quest for justice in Amos

• Prophecy and the Davidic dynasty in Isaiah of Jerusalem

• Jeremiah and the fall of Jerusalem

• Exilic prophets Ezekiel and Second-Isaiah

• The prophetic tale of Jonah

• Prophecy and apocalyptic in Daniel

• Messianic prophecies in the New Testament and the the Advent and Lent lectionary

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • ● Interpret prophetic texts within their historical, socioeconomic, political and religious context;
  • ● Apply appropriate reading strategies to a variety of prophetic genres;
  • ● Compare the treatment of key theological themes and motifs across a number of different texts;
  • ● Explain the significance of selected Isaiah readings within the New Testament and the lectionary;
  • ● Suggest ways in which the prophetic literature continues to be significant for the life of faith.


  • BIBLE: Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah.
  • Collins, J. J., Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004. [220.44 COL]
  • Redditt, P. L., Introduction to the Prophets. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008. [224.061 RED]