The significance of Isaiah within Christian tradition cannot be overstated. The New Testament refers to Isaiah over 250 times. John Chrysostom refers to Isaiah as ‘the prophet with the loudest voice’. Yet Isaiah can be a challenging book to read, understand and preach from; its historical setting is distant and opaque, making it seem obscure; its poetic language is terse, making the book’s message seem veiled.

How can we seriously grapple with the message of Isaiah? What does Isaiah have to do with Christian life and ministry today? This subject looks at the message and theology of the whole book and examines representative passages and themes from the book of Isaiah, with the aim of mobilising you in the process of exegeting and applying Isaiah.

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Subject Details 

Mode Online
Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective
Subject Code  OT022
Prerequisites  48 credit points of core units including OT001 and OT002
Teacher  Andrew Abernethy


  • Know and understand the content and structure of Isaiah
  • Show familiarity with the major issues in contemporary study of the book of Isaiah
  • Evaluate matters relating to authorship, date and purpose
  • Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological teachings
  • Exegete the text of Isaiah for personal understanding and in ministry contexts
  • Integrate perspectives from Isaiah into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking
  • Apply the teaching of Isaiah to situations and issues in contemporary church and society
  • Discuss and evaluate a selection of historic and contemporary interpretations of Isaiah

Study Expectations
In this subject, 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 covered by the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 10-12 hours study time per week for this advanced subject.


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