Unit Overview
The significance of Isaiah within Christian tradition cannot be overstated. The New Testament refers to Isaiah over 250 times. John Chrysostym 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 unit 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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Unit Details 

Mode Online
Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective
Subject Code  OT022
Prerequisites  32 credit points of core foundation units including OT001 and OT002
Teacher  Andrew Abernethy

Main Presenter
The Isaiah unit was written for Ridley Online by Dr Andy Abernethy. Andy was an Old Testament lecturer at Ridley and is now on faculty at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Andy is an expert on Isaiah. His main research area is the book of Isaiah, though Psalms, the Latter Prophets, biblical theology, and the topic of eating also attract his attention too. Some of his publications include:

  • God’s Kingdom in the Book of Isaiah. IVP, 2016.
  • New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis: Abridged Edition. Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy and Jason Stanghelle. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • Eating in Isaiah: Approaching Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message. Biblical Interpretation Series 131. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in Times of Empire. Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

Andy is not just an expert on Isaiah, he loves teaching people about it and his enthusiasm is infectious. Your understanding of Isaiah will be transformed by this challenging and engaging unit.

Study Expectations
In Ridley Online units 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 your unit. 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 unit.


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