Ezekiel: Prophecy, Abandonment, Trauma (P/G)

Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA9400T (Class based) / BA9409T (Online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online 
Prerequisites: Introductory unit in Old Testament
Content: This unit provides an in-depth exegetical study of the Book of Ezekiel, known for its vivid imagery of God and its themes of divine abandonment, idolatry and right worship. The course will ask students to examine the text as a prophetic response to trauma located in a particular historical, religious, and social setting. We will then consider how such themes might offer a way of thinking about the prophetic voice in the face of trauma and change in today’s world.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the dating, authorship, social setting and key themes of Ezekiel.
  • critically interpret the text of Ezekiel in its ancient literary and historical setting.
  • discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of a range of secondary scholarship, the theological themes of Ezekiel.
  • provide a critically informed account of Israelite prophecy from the period.
  • demonstrate an ability to identify and evaluate the theology and practices of Ezekiel’s prophecy as possible models for the contemporary church and world.
  • Class based: 3,000 word exegetical essay (50%) and 3,000 word thematic essay (50%)
  • Online: 2,500 word exegetical essay (40%) and 2,500 word thematic essay (40%)
  • Online: Tutorial engagement across 6 forums, equivalent of 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

*NRSV or Harper Study Bible

Allen, Leslie. Ezekiel 1-19 / Ezekiel 20-37. Word Biblical Commentary, 1994

* Blenkinsopp, Joseph. Ezekiel. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching, 1990

Block, Daniel. The Book of Ezekiel ch. 1–24. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997

Block, Daniel. The Book of Ezekiel ch. 25–48. New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998

* Bowen, Nancy. Ezekiel:  A Commentary.  Abingdon, 2010        

Carr, David. Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins, Yale University Press, 2014.

Duguid, Iaian. Ezekiel. NIV Application Commentary, 1999

Greenberg, Moshe. Ezekiel 1-20 / Ezekiel 21-37. Anchor Bible, 1983 / 1995

Joyce, Paul. Ezekiel:  A Commentary.  T &T Clark, 2009

Odell, Margaret. Ezekiel, 2005

Zimmerli, Walter. Ezekiel. Hermeneia, 1979