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Exilic Prophecy (OT423i/623i)
July 2019 Intensive Unit
Our study of exilic prophecy will focus on the often-neglected book of Ezekiel. While this book offers a number of challenges for modern readers with its bizarre sign acts, oracles of judgment, and fantastic visions – these features communicate a unique and important message that should contribute to our picture of God and his relationship with his world. In particular, the book of Ezekiel portrays the holiness of God and the betrayal of his people in confronting and shocking language.
This unit will highlight relevant features of ancient Near East culture, particularly those associated with Babylon during the exilic period. A consistent focus of each lecture will be the rhetorical function of the book, where we will discuss how the text is designed to impact readers, both ancient and contemporary.
If you are interested in this unit, please feel free to contact our registrars for a unit outline on 02 9747 4780 or email.
For those in busy full-time employment or at a distance from metropolitan areas, or in rural Australia, SMBC offers a flexible, comprehensive, intensive mode study program. Our Intensives students include: christian workers and teachers, mums and retirees, business people and trades people.
Effectively it is study at home with a week at SMBC for face-to-face teaching. This offers the best of both worlds, with pre-reading and assignments done at home in your own time (with e-library access) and a focused week of teaching and study with your lecturer, plus interaction with fellow students.
What our students like about intensive mode study:
"As a full-time worker, it enables me to take a week out to focus on study and finish my degree in a reasonable time-frame. We get the benefit of teaching from SMBC’s quality lecturers without the dilution of online study and to experience a study community face-to-face."
"I found the pre-reading really beneficial because it allowed me to engage with and reflect on the course content before coming to class. Intensive mode study helps me to think about the content in a deeper way."
"Being able to attend lectures without being tired after work and being able to saturate yourself with the content to the exclusion of other commitments."
"It's been the perfect way for me to balance work and study and get the most out of the lectures."
"Great to be able to have the lectures condensed into one week as I work and have young children (my husband has taken the week off work). Great to have a small group with informal, non-threatening discussion. Hope to do lots of the Biblical Theology subjects this way."
"I've really enjoyed the smaller group (as compared to the weekly, semester long lectures) because it's fostered lots of conversation between everyone. It feels more like a Bible study or tutorial than a lecture, but has been just as informative."
"I like this method of study. It was the ability to complete a whole course eg Graduate Diploma of Divinity, over time in this intensive mode that made me do what I had thought of doing ages ago."
"Staff are supportive and understand the needs of students who require study via intensive mode."
"As a student that lives in Port Macquarie, the intensive mode works great. It allows me to study in community and discuss, instead of doing it all online."
"It's great to think deeply about one subject and a great way to build relationships with other part-time students."