Isaiah and Its Empires
Isaiah and Its Empires 
Dr. Cameron B.R. Howard
This course examines the book of Isaiah in its socio-political contexts, with particular attention to the Neo-Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian empires. The course evaluates “empire” as category for studying the ancient Near East, traces Israelite prophecy’s responses to shifting political circumstances, and considers ways in which prophecy and empire persist in our contemporary context. The book of Isaiah will be analyzed both in its constituent parts (First, Second, and Third Isaiah) and as a canonical whole.
Berquist, Jon, Judaism in Persia’s Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2003.
Miller, J. Maxwell, and John H. Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, 2nd ed., Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006. (with particular attention to pp. 221-540)
Smith-Christopher, Daniel, A Biblical Theology of Exile, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002.