TH6621 - Studies in the Minor Prophets

TH6621

Studies in the Minor Prophets

6

20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus

None

48 hours tutor contact time 48 hours
152 hours of generated study time 152 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
48 0 152

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

This module examines representative prophetic literature drawn from the minor prophets of the Old Testament. The specific texts studied will be from across the ‘Book of the Twelve’. Specific topic areas are:

Prophecy and the role of a prophet in the Old Testament

Textual, Exegetical, and theological issues in the Minor Prophets.

Historical contexts and influence of the Ancient Near Eastern background on the Minor Prophets.

Relationships with New Testament texts.

Covenant and relationship.

Israel and the nations.

Messiah and God's plan for his people.

Exile and restoration

Judgment and redemption

Restoration and the Day of the Lord.

 

  • To build upon previous studies at Levels 4 and 5 by means of a detailed examination of and critical engagement with the aspects of Biblical Studies as applied to the Minor Prophets, thereby greatly enhancing students’ hermeneutical skills and theological understanding.
  • To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the Book of the Twelve with a special focus on its theology and interpretation.
  • To encourage students to analyse critically the historical and contemporary approaches to key theological themes in the Book of the Twelve.
  • To foster students' independent research techniques and academic communication skills when relating to theological study.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to interpret prophetic texts in their original historical and cultural contexts.
  2. Accurately describe and critically evaluate contemporary academic viewpoints and approaches to understanding the Old Testament Minor Prophets.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate skills in the understanding, analysis and evaluation of materials presented in the module.
  4. Explore perspectives from the Minor Prophets with their other theological studies.
  5. Devise and sustain arguments relating to the Minor prophets using primary and secondary literature.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment100%1-4Coursework


As assessment

Barker, K. L. & Bailey, W. (1998). Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman Academic.

Boda M. J. & McConville G. J. (eds.) (2012). Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Nottingham: IVP Academic.

Bullock, C. H. (2007). An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books. Illinois: Moody

Chisholm, R. B. (2009). Handbook on the Prophets. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Garrett, D. A. (1997). Hosea, Joel. An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman Academic.

Hays, J. D. (2010). The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Hess, R. S. (2008). Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Kaiser, W. C. (2004). Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. The Preacher's Commentary (OT Vol. 23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Klein, G. L. (2008). Zechariah. An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman Academic.

MacKay, J. L. (2012). Hosea. Mentor Commentary. Fearn: Mentor.

McComiskey, T. E. (2009). The Minor Prophets: An Exegetical and Expository Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Patterson, R. D., & Hill, A. E. (2008). Hosea–Malachi. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Minor Prophets. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

Sharp, C. (ed) (2016). The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Smith, B. K. & Page, F. S. (1995). Amos, Obadiah, Jonah. An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman Academic.

Smith, G. V. (1998). Amos. Mentor Commentary. Fearn: Mentor.

Smith, G. V. (2014). Interpreting the Prophetic Books. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal.

Stuart, D. (1987). Hosea-Jonah. Word Biblical Commentary. Waco: Word Books.

Taylor, R. A. & Clendenen E. R. (2004) Haggai and Malachi. An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman Academic.

Walton, J. H. (ed) (2016). The Minor Prophets. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Andy Cheung

TRS

Arts and Humanities Board of Studies

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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