Old Testament Prophets and Writings


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One semester, 4 credit points, 160 hours
Semesters 1, 2 & 3, 2019
David Firth with online tutors

Journey through Israel’s history as God’s people face his inevitable judgment, are forced into exile from the promised land and cry out, longing for a time of peace and restoration. Imagine what it was like to be uprooted from the land God had given you, or how it felt to be a prophet, called to preach judgment to people who could kill you. Marvel at the beauty of the Psalms, the relevance of wisdom literature and the strange inventiveness of apocalyptic writing. While Israel despairs at its situation, see God set forth his promises, marry justice and mercy and continue fulfilling his plan for the time when all people will call on his name. A foundational unit that will help you appreciate the richness and relevance of the Old Testament.


In this unit you will explore and learn about how to read and interpret the different types of writings and literature found in the latter part of the Old Testament including:

  1. OT poetry: Psalms & Song of Songs
  2. Wisdom literature: Proverbs, Job & Ecclesiastes
  3. Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Micah, Habakkuk, Zechariah
  4. Apocalyptic: Daniel
  5. Narrative and story: Ruth, Esther, Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah

Study Expectations

In Ridley Online units you can expect to work 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 8-10 hours study time per unit per week.


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