1st semester: Monday morning                                                                          (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

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: BA1000Y and BN1000Y

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. articulate an understanding of the major hypotheses about the nature and composition of each of the prophetic books listed
  2. identify the different features of each prophetic book
  3. make appropriate use of secondary sources; e.g., commentaries
  4. research and assess passages or themes from the Book of the Twelve

Level 3

  1. articulate an understanding of the major hypotheses about the nature and composition of each of the prophetic books listed
  2. identify and evaluate the significance of the different features of each prophetic book
  3. make appropriate use of secondary sources; e.g., commentaries
  4. research and critically assess passages or themes from the Book of the Twelve

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 2500 word essay (60%)

Level 3: 2000 word exegetical paper (35%); 3000 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