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BLST 719 Latter Prophets: Isaiah


I took this class as an independant study in the Summer of 2014.  My instructor was Eric Ortlund.  We surveyed all of the prophets, then zeroed in on Isaiah for the rest of the time.

Work load: Medium- lots of reading

The course work was split into three portions: reading, a quotations assignment, and a major essay.

Reading 30% (4 steps)

Step 1: read all the prophets from the Bible (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

Step 2: Read VanGemeren’s Interpreting the Prophetic Word: An Introduction to the Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament
 We could skip the part on Daniel, though (I read it anyway).  400 pages later…

Step 3: Read Isaiah again, as well as 400 pages from Motyer’s The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary
  I ended up reading all 544 pages, but only read the last 144 after completing the other assignments.  (Maybe I’m slightly OCD, and don’t like leaving partially read books on my shelf.)

Step 4: Read through Isaiah again, this time following along with the course notes.  Eric Ortlund emailed a 75 page document to me.  These course notes would have been the base for any teaching notes he would have used if this course was in class

After all this, I had to submit a reading report, along with an Isaiah outline.  I had all the reading done by the end of May.

Quotations Assignment (30%)
Isaiah tends to quote himself.  Like chords/themes being repeated in a grand symphony.  I wrote a 14 page paper on 10 Isaiah Quotations, comparing passages and commenting on how the phrases are being reapplied.

(There was also a second option, where I could have discussed Isaiah quotations in the New Testament).

I gave myself a month to do this assignment, and was submitting it by the end of June/early July.  I could usually do a set of quotations in a sitting, which meant finding time for ten sittings, then another day or two for editing.

Research Paper (40%)

The syllabus had a list of 17 possible research topics, along with the option to approach the professor if I had another idea.

I wrote 16 pages, analyzing Isaiah chapters 1-5 , showing it to be a coherent whole, while connecting it to the blessings and curses of the covenant in Deut 28.  See my Isaiah major essay

I took July and August to write this paper, and thus finish the course.

While working on this essay, I was contacted for pulpit supply, so I also prepared a sermon on Isaiah 1:1-20.

Here’s some of my bibliography:




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