Details for Isaiah

This paper is a detailed examination of the specific text(s) of Isaiah. It provides an advanced study of reading prophetic literature. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: BIB312
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 150
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.


BIB101 – Narrative of the First Testament

The following courses are prerequisites:

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper is a detailed examination of the specific text(s) of Isaiah. It provides an advanced study of reading prophetic literature.


Students should be able to/;

              1.       Explain the religious, historical, geographical and social settings of Isaiah;

2.       Apply the significance of the message of Isaiah to the Christian church today;

3.       Evaluate contemporary scholarship and literature relating to Isaiah;

4.       Explain key theological themes of Isaiah

5.       Evaluate the different theories of the authorship of Isaiah

6.       Analyse the significance of the servant in Second Isaiah and consider how it relates to Jesus             Christ.

Subject Content

1.       Introduction to Isaiah and the development of the book

2.       Prophecy in the Ancient Near East

3.       Development of OT prophetic tradition

4.       Isaiah the Prophet – his calling

5.       How to read prophetic literature

6.       Introduction to ‘First Isaiah’

7.       Isaiah 1-5

8.       Isaiah 7-12

9.       Isaiah and International Politics: Oracles against the Nations

10.   The Hezekiah Narratives

11.   Introduction to Second Isaiah

12.   Second Exodus and Homecoming

13.   Isaiah’s Servant of 40-55

14.   The Suffering Servant

15.   New hope in Isaiah

16.   Introduction to Third Isaiah

17.   Community Issues in ‘Third Isaiah’

18.   The Spirit of Yahweh

19.   Isaiah in the New Testament

20.   Continuing the Prophetic Tradition.

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, group discussions, online  lectures, online engagement

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Major essay (50%, 2500 words); Exegetical Essay (25%, 1250 words); Exam (25%, 1 hour)

Prescribed Text

No Set Text however recommended is: Goldingay, J. The Theology of the Book of Isaiah.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic, 2014.

Representative References

Barton, J.  Isaiah 1-39. JSOT Guide. New York:  T. & T. Clark Publishers, 2004.

Beyer, Bryan E.  Encountering the Book of Isaiah:  A Historical and Theological Survey.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2007.

Blok, D.L & Glaser, M. ed. The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012.

Brueggemann, W. Isaiah: Chapters 40-66, Westminster Bible Companion, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2007.

Broyles, C.C. and C.A. Evans, eds. Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah: Studies of an Interpretive Tradition. Lieben: Brill, 1997.

Childs, B. Isaiah. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

Childs, B. The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Clements, R.E. “Isaiah: A Book Without an Ending?” JSOT 97 (2003):109-127.

Darr, K.D. Isaiah’s Vision and the Family of God.  Louisville: Westminster, 1994.

Davies, A. Double Standards in Isaiah: re-evaluating prophetic ethics and divine justice. Leiden: Brill, 2000.

Emmerson, G.I.  Isaiah 56-66. JSOT Guide. New York:  T. & T. Clark Publishers, 2004.

Gitay, Y. “Prophetic Criticism: What are they doing? The case of Isaiah – A Methodological Assessment.” JSOT 96 (2001):101-128.

Goldingay, J. The Theology of the Book of Isaiah.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic, 2014.

Melugin, R. and Sweeney, M.A. eds.  New Visions of Isaiah. Sheffield: SAP, 2009.

Motyer, J.A. Isaiah:  An Introduction and Commentary.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic, 2009.

O’Brien, J.M. Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

Oswalt, J.N. Isaiah: NIV Application Commentary.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.

Sweeney, M.A.  Isaiah 1-39, with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

          Watts, R.E. ‘Echoes from the past: Israel’s Ancient Traditions and the Destiny of the Nations in                     Isaiah.’ Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Vol 28 No. 4 2004, pp.481-508.

Williamson, H.G.M.  Variations on a Theme: King, Messiah and Servant in the Book of Isaiah. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000.

Williamson, H.G.M.  The Book called Isaiah: Deutero-Isaiah’s Role in Composition and Redaction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Currents in Biblical Research

Journal for the Study of Old Testament

Journal of Biblical Literature


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