Details for Minor Prophets

Towards the back of the Old Testament there are a collection of twelve dusty and usually overlooked prophetic books, known as the Minor Prophets. This unit will blow the dust from the Minor Prophets, to get a glimpse into the ancient history of Israel, the prophets and their God-given message. We will specifically study the Minor Prophets as a collage, to highlight its literary nature, themes, rhetoric as well as its portrayal of Yahweh. Further, you will be encouraged to harness your own ‘prophetic imagination’ so that you can be a messenger of God to your own generation.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB212
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Emma Austin


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:

Awards offering Minor Prophets

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit examines the book of the Twelve (Prophets) as a collage, with particular emphasis given to the themes, rhetoric and portrayals of Yahweh. 


  1. Identify the historical setting, content, structure and themes of the Minor Prophets
  2. Display clear knowledge of divine involvement in the world and its significance in its ancient Near East setting
  3. Critically analyse & exegete both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature from a range of perspectives
  4. Explain and illustrate the literary characteristics, themes and message of OT prophetic literature
  5. Assess the use of prophetic literature in contemporary settings
  6. Analyse Yahweh’s involvement in human history as seen in the prophetic literature

Subject Content

  • Introduction to the biblical prophetic literature
  • The nature of the Hebrew poetic genre
  • Overview to the religious socio-historical setting of the Minor Prophets
  • The main themes of the Minor Prophets
  • The presentation of Yahweh in the Twelve
  • Selected analysis and exegesis
  • Contemporary relevance of the Minor Prophets for Christian spirituality today

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided