Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester: Monday morning
This unit provides an opportunity for students to study a corpus of material that embraces much of the history of prophecy in Israel. The unit will comprise: an introduction to the twelve so-called ‘minor prophets’, an analysis of the books of Hosea, Amos, Micah, Jonah and Zechariah from the twelve Prophets; and an examination of the hypothesis that the twelve constitute a book of prophecy. Students will undertake detailed exegesis of passages selected from the books listed above.
PREREQUISITES: BA8000Y and BN8000Y
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical grasp of the historical, literary and theological issues associated with the Books of the Twelve Prophets and their interpretation
- demonstrate a critical knowledge of key theological themes in these prophetic books
- analyse in a critical manner selected passages from these prophetic books
- make critical use of secondary sources
- discuss in an critical manner the issue of the continuing relevance of these prophetic books
- research and critically assess passages or themes from these prophetic books in a rigorous and self-directed manner
2000 word exegetical paper (35%); 4000 word essay (65%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic, 1985.
Ben Zvi, E., and J. D. Nogalski, eds. Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve/The Twelve Prophetic Books. Analecta Gorgiana 201. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2009.
*Ferreiro, A., ed. The Twelve Prophets. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2003.
Le Cureux, J. T. The Thematic Unity of the Book of the Twelve. Hebrew Bible Monographs 41. Sheffield: Phoenix, 2012.
Nogalski, J. D. Literary Precursors to the Book of the Twelve. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 1993.
———. Redactional Processes in the Book of the Twelve. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, 1993.
Pedersen, D. L. The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction. Louisville, TN: WJK, 2002.
Sweeney, M. A., et al., eds. The Twelve Prophets. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.
*Sweeney, M. A. The Prophetic Literature. IBT. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005.
Wilson, R. R. Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1980.
Lecturer: MARK O’BRIEN OP