Johnson University

BIBL 3201



This page provides supplementary information for a face-to-face course on the book of Isaiah taught on the campus of Johnson University (both FL and TN). The course emphasizes the message, setting, and structure of the book, as well as the connections between Isaiah and wider biblical themes.


Syllabus for Fall, 2019 (JUTN)

Schedule for Fall, 2019 (JUTN)

Syllabus for Fall, 2019 (JUFL) (updated Aug 22)

Schedule for Fall, 2019 (JUFL)

Select Bibliography on Isaiah (adapted from materials prepared by Walt Zorn)

Rubric for grading session worksheets

Rubric for grading class paper prospectus

Rubric for grading class paper

Rubric for grading class presentation

Paper Prospectus example

Outline of Sessions

The following outline presents the general shape of the study. Consult the schedule above (under "Key Documents") to align session numbers with your specific classroom experience. While the outline below is fixed, the schedule above may be adjusted as the semester unrolls. 

Two links appear under each session. The first ("Preview") offers thumbnail sketches, goals, assignments and resources that correspond with classroom presentations. The second ("Worksheet") represents a page to be printed, completed, and brought to the classroom on the day it is due. Again, consult the schedule posted above for all due dates. 

A. INTRODUCTion to the Prophetic phenomenon

1.  Introduction to the Course

Preview to Session 1

Worksheet for Session 1

2.  The Hebrew Bible and the Prophetic Phenomenon

Preview to Session 2

Read “Prophecy, History of” in IVP’s Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets. Link here.

Worksheet for Session 2

Memory work: 2 Peter 1:19-21

3.  Prophetic Communication

Preview to Session 3

Worksheet for Session 3

Memory work: Hebrews 1:1-2

4.  How the OT Reads Itself

Preview to Session 4

Worksheet for Session 4

Assigned Reading from Smith (2010: 139-148)

5. How the NT Reads the OT

Preview to Session 5

Worksheet for Session 5

6.  Prophetic Themes and the Study of Isaiah

Preview to Session 6

Worksheet for Session 6

Memory work: Isaiah 2:1-4

Study guide for Exam 1

B. The prophetic message of Isaiah

Charge: Isaiah 1-5

7. Charged Visions (Isaiah 1-2)

Preview to Session 7

Worksheet for Session 7

Memory work: Isaiah 1:18-20

8. Unpleasant Songs (Isaiah 3-5)

Preview to Session 8

Worksheet for Session 8

commission: Isaiah 6

9. Authentication and Mission (Isaiah 6)

Preview to Session 9

Worksheet for Session 9

Memory work: Isaiah 6:6-8

Study Guide for Exam 2

challenge: Isaiah 7-39

10. A Test Case in Trust, part 1 (Isaiah 7-8)

Preview to Session 10

Worksheet for Session 10

Memory work: Isaiah 7:14-17

11. YHWH’s Work and Trustworthiness, part 1 (Isaiah 9-10)

Preview to Session 11

Worksheet for Session 11

Memory work: Isaiah 9:6-7

12. YHWH’s Work and Trustworthiness, part 2 (Isaiah 11-12)

Preview to Session 12

Worksheet for Session 12

13. YHWH’s Governance and the Nations (Isaiah 13-23, 28-35)

Preview to Session 13

Worksheet for Session 13

14. YHWH’s Triumph over the Nations (Isaiah 24-27)

Preview to Session 14

Worksheet for Session 14

Memory work: Isaiah 35:3-4

15. A Test Case in Trust, part 2 (Isaiah 36-37)

Preview to Session 15

Worksheet for Session 15

16. A Test Case in Trust, part 3 (Isaiah 38-39)

Preview to Session 16

Worksheet for Session 16

Memory work: Isaiah 50:10

study guide for exam 3

consolation: Isaiah 40-55

17. Consolation for the People of God (Isaiah 40-41)

Preview for Session 17

Worksheet for Session 17

Memory work: Isaiah 40:1-5

18. Redemption Achieved by the Suffering Servant, part 1 (Isaiah 42-48)

Preview for Session 18

Worksheet for Session 18

19. Redemption Achieved by the Suffering Servant, part 2 (Isaiah 49-53)

Preview to Session 19

Worksheet for Session 19

Memory work: Isaiah 50:10

20. Hope, Trust, and “The Great Invitation” (Isaiah 53-55)

Preview to Session 20

Worksheet for Session 20

Memory work: Isaiah 53:4-6

Study guide for exam 4

call: Isaiah 56-66

21. Celebrate! (Isaiah 56-59)

Preview to Session 21

22. Inaugurate! (Isaiah 60-63)

Preview to Session 22

Worksheet for Session 22

Memory work: Isaiah 61:1-3

23. Renew! (Isaiah 64-66)

Preview to Session 23

Worksheet for Session 23

Study guide for exam 5