OT421 - Former Prophets (English text)
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Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
- The contents and structure of the Former Prophets
- The themes and theological teaching of the Former Prophets
- The major issues in contemporary study of the Former Prophets
- The nature and methods of Old Testament exegesis
- Selected chapters of the Former Prophets
- The relevance of the Former Prophets to contemporary ministry
B. Be able to
- Use sources such as biblical and theological dictionaries, commentaries and on-line resources
- Recognise literary form, genre and structure
- Compare and contrast translations
- Evaluate matters relating to authorship, date and purpose
- Utilise the historical, religious, social and cultural contexts
- Relate passages to their literary context
- Establish the meaning of significant words and phrases
- Trace inter-textual references and allusions
- Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological teachings
- Exegete a selection of chapters from the Former Prophets
C. Be in a position to
- Exegete the text of the Former Prophets for personal understanding and for use in ministry contexts
- Integrate perspectives from the Former Prophets into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking
- Apply the teaching of the Former Prophets to situations and issues in contemporary Christianity and society
- The theology of the Former Prophets, with special reference to either (a) Joshua and Judges, or (b) 1 & 2 Samuel, or (c) 1 & 2 Kings, including such motifs as prophecy, temple, kingship, the people of God, the Ark of the Covenant, Deuteronomistic History.
- Exegesis of the English text of 1 Samuel 1–12; 2 Samuel 5–7, 15–18 (or comparable passages), drawn from either (a) Joshua & Judges, or (b) 1 & 2 Samuel, or (c) 1 & 2 Kings.
Theological Themes and Traditions
Chisholm, R. B., and D. M. Howard, Interpreting the Historical Books: An Exegetical Handbook (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006).
Howard, D., An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books (Chicago: Moody Publisher, 2007).
Satterthwaite, P. E., and J. G. McConville, Exploring the Old Testament: Vol. 2: A Guide to the Historical Books (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007).
Campbell, A. F., The Study Companion to Old Testament Literature (Vol. II; Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1989).
Anderson, A. A., 2 Samuel (Dallas, TX: Word, 1989).
Arnold, B. T., 1 and 2 Samuel (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
Birch, B. C., ‘1 & 2 Samuel’ in The New Interpreter’s Bible (Vol. II, Nashville: Abingdon, 1998).
Brueggemann, W., 1 & 2 Samuel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1990).
Cartledge, T. W., 1 and 2 Samuel (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2001).
Evans, M. J., 1 & 2 Samuel (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000).
Gerbrandt, G. E., Kingship According to the Deuteronomistic History (Atlanta: Scholars, 1986).
Klein, R. W., 1 Samuel (Nashville: Nelson, 2008).
McCarter, P. K., 1 Samuel (New York: Doubleday, 1980).
McCarter, P. K., 2 Samuel (New York: Doubleday, 1984).
Peterson, E. H., 1 & 2 Samuel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999).
Polzin, R., Samuel and the Deuteronomist, 1 Samuel (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989).
Tsumura, D. T., The Book of 1 Samuel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006).