The Prophetic Literature


Semester 2, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm

This unit will examine the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy set in its Ancient Near Eastern context. The historical setting of the message of individual prophets will be considered and their theology examined. Emphasis will be given to texts taken from the prophecies of Amos and Hosea. Also, a selection of texts from Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel will be considered.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 2,5000-word report 35%
  • two 1,500-word reports 35%
  • one 2,000-word investigation 30% 

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

The New Revised Standard Version, e.g., New Oxford Annotated Bible or the HarperCollins Study Bible will be used in lectures.


  • Baltzer, Klaus. Deutero-Isaiah: A Commentary on Isaiah 40-55. Hermeneia. Edited by Peter Machinist. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Isaiah 1–39; Isaiah 40–55; Isaiah 56–66. Anchor Bible 19–19B. New York: Doubleday, 2000–03.
  • ———. Sage, Priest, Prophet: Religious and Intellectual Leadership in Ancient Israel. Library of Ancient Israel. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
  • Block, Daniel. The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 25-48. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Holladay, William L. Jeremiah 1 and Jeremiah 2. Edited by Paul D. Hanson. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1986, 1989.
  • Kratz, Reinhard G. The Prophets of Israel. Translated by Anselm C. Hagendorn and Nathan MacDonald. Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible 2. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
  • Lundbom, Jack R. The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • Petersen, David L. The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.
  • Sweeney, Marvin A. Reading Prophetic Books: Form, Intertextuality and Reception in Prophetic and Post-Biblical Literature. Forsschungen Zum Alten Testament 89. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.