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BIBL 359     Old Testament: Book of Isaiah  (3)

This is a seminar-style study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, a book whose contents figure centrally in the beliefs of both Jews and Christians. The course investigates issues pertaining to the biblical canon, "Isaianic authorship," messianic prophecy, and the impact of the Babylonian exile, including the socioeconomic and theological disputes that arose within the Israelite communities as a result. Questions about the problems of violent, often gender-specific, language in prophetic texts are also considered. Prerequisite: HUMN 101-202 or a 100-level course in religion excluding RELG 161, RELG 162, and RELG 163. RELG 143 or RELG 144 is recommended.