Former Prophets

Unit Overview 
Spanning the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings, this unit looks at the historical narratives of the Old Testament, charting Israel’s history from the conquest of Canaan to the destruction of Jerusalem. Despite being predominantly historical narratives, the Hebrew people considered these books the beginning of the book of Prophets because of the number of prophetic figures featured in these stories guiding and interpreting Israel’s history. Samuel, Nathan, Elijah and Elisha are just a few of the prophets whose ministry was brought to bear on the people of God at this time. This unit gives students the opportunity to consider the role of the prophet, the theological message of these narratives and develop their exegetical skills in the text.

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Unit Details

Mode Virtual via Zoom
Workload One semester in extensive mode, 12 credit points
(preparation required for Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry)
Status Elective
Unit Code OT010 (English)
Prerequisites 48 credit points of core foundation units which include OT001 and OT002.
Teacher Lindsay Wilson

Unit Content

  • The theology of the Former Prophets, with special reference to the books of Samuel, and Kings.
  • Exegesis of English text of 1 Samuel 8-12; 2 Samuel 5-7; 1 Kings 3-4; 9:1-11:13; 17-19.

25% Master of Divinity Requirement
To fulfil the 25% requirement of material separate from Bachelors level students, each MDiv student will be assigned to read, summarise (about 1000 words) and present to the class, the approach and insights of a literary study. This will be formative but not summative assessment and will contribute to our programme on the middle weekend.

Study Expectations
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to this unit. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory unit.


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