OT631 - Former Prophets (Hebrew Text)
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
LA003A and LA003B.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
1. The contents and structure of the Former Prophets.
2. The themes and theological teaching of the Former Prophets.
3. The major issues in contemporary study of the Former Prophets.
4. The nature and methods of Old Testament exegesis.
5. Selected chapters of the Hebrew text of the Former Prophets.
6. The relevance of the Former Prophets to contemporary ministry.
7. A selection of historic and contemporary interpretations and uses of the Former Prophets.
Be able to
1. Use study aids such as lexicons, grammars, textual analyses, biblical and theological dictionaries, commentaries and on-line resources.
2. Evaluate textual variants and issues in the history of the text.
3. Recognise literary form, genres and structure.
4. Assess matters relating to authorship, date and purpose.
5. Utilise the historical, religious, social and cultural contexts.
6. Relate passages to their literary context.
7. Establish the meaning of significant words and phrases.
8. Trace inter-textual references and allusions.
9. Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological teachings.
10. Translate and exegete a selection of chapters from the Hebrew text of the Former Prophets.
11. Discuss interpretations of the Former Prophets.
Be in a position to
1. Exegete the Hebrew text of the Former Prophets for personal understanding and for use in ministry contexts.
2. Integrate perspectives from the Former Prophets into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking.
3. Apply the teaching of the Former Prophets to situations and issues in contemporary Christianity and society.
4. Evaluate interpretations of the Former Prophets.
1. 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.
2. Translation and exegesis of the Hebrew text of 1 Samuel 9–11, 2 Samuel 5–7, 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).
Harrison, R., Old Testament Times (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2005).
Satterthwaite, P. E., and J. G. McConville, Exploring the Old Testament: Vol. 2: A Guide to the Historical Books (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007).
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).