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Online · School of Divinity · Biblical Studies


  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/10/2020

Course Description

Careful attention is given to the special introductory aspects of the book: 1) unity, authorship, date; 2) historical background; 3) themes, motifs, or emphasis; 4) purpose(s); and 5) literary features. A detailed exposition of the major portions of the text will be presented, especially the Messianic sections.





Understanding the message and theology of Isaiah is essential to interpreting the prophetic literature and developing the theology of the Old Testament as a whole. The fact that Isaiah is one of the most quoted Old Testament books in the New Testament is reflective of its theological importance to the Christian faith. Isaiah’s concepts of the Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the eschatological kingdom are foundational to the New Testament. Learning a proper interpretive approach toward the book of Isaiah is critical for helping students to teach and preach the Old Testament prophets in the context of the Christian church.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Review the historical background related to the setting of the book, including key kingdoms, personages, and the political climate within and without the nation of Israel/Judah.
  2. Discuss key concepts in the book: Israel’s judgment and salvation in light of the covenants, the remnant, the Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, and the return from exile.
  3. Express the theme/purpose of the book and be able to develop this theme in each of the major sections of the book.
  4. Analyze critical theories concerning the composition of Isaiah from the perspective of an evangelical view of Scripture.
  5. Apply sound hermeneutical practices (with an informed understanding of the genres of prophecy) to specific problem issues and passages in the book.
  6. Explain how the theological message of Isaiah informs an understanding of Christian theology, particularly in the areas of Christology and Eschatology.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Beyer, Bryan E. Encountering the Book of Isaiah: A Historical and Theological Survey. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.

Bock, Darrell, and Mitch Glaser. The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012.

Sandy, D. Brent. Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.


Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. School of Divinity Writing Guide:


Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Each thread must be at least 700 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words. (MLO: A, D, E, F)

Interpretive Essays (3)

The student will write a 1,200-word minimum essay in current Turabian format that focuses on the topic provided through the Assignment Instructions. The paper must include 3–5 references in current Turabian formatting. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Isaiah Bible Lesson Topic and Outline

The student will submit his or her topic and outline for the Isaiah Bible Study/Lesson. The title must be listed on a title page in current Turabian formatting. The outline must follow on a separate page. (MLO: A, B, E, F)

Isaiah Bible Lesson

The student is to prepare a 1400–1700-word Bible Study Lesson from the same passages used in the Isaiah Bible Lesson Topic and Outline. These passages are provided on the assignment instructions document. The lesson must be like a manuscript of a sermon, lesson, or Bible study that would be delivered in a church context. The study must include at least 3–5 references in current Turabian formatting. (MLO: A, B, E, F)

Book Analysis

The student is to write a 1500–1800-word book analysis on the identity of the Servant of the Lord in the book of Isaiah in light of The Gospel According to Isaiah 53. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)


Interpretive Essays (3 at 100 pts ea)


Isaiah Bible Lesson Topic and Outline


Isaiah Bible Lesson


Book Analysis





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at



OBST 661

Textbooks: Beyer, Encountering the Book of Isaiah (2007).

Bock & Glaser, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 (2012).

Sandy, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks (2002).


Reading & Study




Beyer: chs. 1–4

Bock & Glaser: ch. 1

Sandy: chs. 1–2

Isaiah 1–6

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Beyer: chs. 5–6

Bock & Glaser: ch. 2

Isaiah 7–12

1 presentation

2 articles

1 website

Interpretive Essay 1



Beyer: ch. 7

Bock & Glaser: chs. 3–4

Sandy: ch. 3

Isaiah 13–23

1 presentations

DB Forum 2

Isaiah Bible Lesson Topic and Outline




Beyer: chs. 8–9

Bock & Glaser: chs. 5–6

Sandy: ch. 4

Isaiah 24–33

1 presentations

3 websites

Interpretive Essay 2



Beyer: chs. 10–11

Bock & Glaser: chs. 7–8

Isaiah 34–39

1 presentation

Isaiah Bible Lesson



Beyer: chs. 12–15, 16 (pp. 191–193)

Bock & Glaser: chs. 9–10

Isaiah 40–48

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 3



Beyer: chs. 16 (pp. 194–201), 17, 18 (pp. 215–220)

Bock & Glaser: ch. 11

Isaiah 49–55

1 presentation

Book Analysis



Beyer: chs. 18 (pp. 220–227), 19–22

Sandy: chs. 6–7

Isaiah 56–66

1 presentations

2 websites

Interpretive Essay 3






DB = Discussion Board



NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.