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Church, Sacraments and MInistry (TH404i/604i)
Exilic Prophecy (OT423/623)
2017 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening 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 such as 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.
In order to understand this message, the course will highlight relevant features of ancient Near East culture, particularly those associated with Babylon during the exilic period. The broader background of exile will be explored, as will other biblical texts that reflect this experience such as the books of Jeremiah and Isaiah 40-55.
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. Thus, the aim of this unit is to enable students to understand the message of Ezekiel in its original context and how it functions as Christian Scripture.
Tuesdays 6.45pm - 9.30pm
18 July to 14 November 2017
Lecture breaks and exams are as per the College Calendar
Dr Kit Barker
OT423 = 4cp - DipMin(P2), AssocDeg, BTh
OT623 = 4cp - GDDiv, MDiv, MACS
OT302/502 Old Testament Prophets and Writings (GradDip exempt)