Careful attention is given to the special introductory aspects of the book: 1) unity, authorship, date; 2) historical background; 3) themes, motifs, or emphasis; 4) purpose(s); and 5) literary features. A detailed exposition of the major portions of the text will be presented, especially the Messianic sections.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Understanding the message and theology of Isaiah is essential to interpreting the prophetic literature and developing the theology of the Old Testament as a whole. The fact that Isaiah is one of the most quoted Old Testament books in the New Testament is reflective of its theological importance to the Christian faith. Isaiah’s concepts of the Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the eschatological kingdom are foundational to the New Testament. Learning a proper interpretive approach toward the book of Isaiah is critical for helping students to teach and preach the Old Testament prophets in the context of the Christian church.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Review the historical background related to the setting of the book, including key kingdoms, personages, and the political climate within and without the nation of Israel/Judah.
- Discuss key concepts in the book: Israel’s judgment and salvation in light of the covenants, the remnant, the Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the return from exile.
- Express the theme/purpose of the book and be able to develop this theme in each of the major sections of the book.
- Analyze critical theories concerning the composition of Isaiah from the perspective of an evangelical view of Scripture.
- Apply sound hermeneutical practices (with an informed understanding of the genres of prophecy) to specific problem issues and passages in the book.
- Explain how the theological message of Isaiah informs an understanding of Christian theology, particularly in the areas of Christology and Eschatology.
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. There will be 3 Discussions throughout this course. Each thread must be at least 700 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words. (MLO's: A, D, E, F)
Essay Assignments (3)
The student will write a 1,200-word minimum essay in current Turabian format that focuses on the topic provided in the instructions. The paper must include 3 – 5 references in current Turabian formatting. (MLO's: A, B, C, D, E, F)
Isaiah Bible Lesson: Topic and Outline Assignment
The student will submit his or her topic and outline for the Isaiah Bible Lesson. The title must be listed on a title page in current Turabian formatting. The outline must follow on a separate page. (MLO's: A, B, E, F)
Isaiah Bible Lesson: Manuscript Assignment
The student is to prepare a 1400 to 1700-word manuscript of a Bible Lesson from the same passages used in the Isaiah Bible Lesson: Topic and Outline Assignment. These passages are provided on the assignment instructions document. The lesson must be like a manuscript of a sermon, lesson, or Bible study that would be delivered in a church context. The study must include at least 3 to 5 references in current Turabian formatting. (MLO's: A, B, E, F)
Book Analysis Assignment
The student is to write a 1500 to 1800-word book analysis on the identity of the Servant of the Lord in the book of Isaiah in light of their reading of The Gospel According to Isaiah 53. (MLO's: A, B, C, D, E, F)