This unit will cover the history of the study of the Psalms and contemporary interpretative concerns, including poetics and the shape of the Psalter. It will also cover the ongoing role of the Psalms in nurturing the human spirit.

Unit Code: BA9011Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a knowledge of the various genre found in the Psalter and the contribution of poetics to the study of Psalms


Show understanding of the various ways the Psalms have been studied over more than 2000 years


Apply both diachronic and synchronic methods to the study of specific Psalms


Critically examine the shape of the Psalter and its impact on the meaning of the Psalms


Assess the value of the Psalms in Jewish and Christian religious and spiritual life throughout the ages and today


Compare and evaluate contemporary insights in the study of the Psalms

Unit sequence

Successful completion of BA8000Y or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

3000 word exegetical paper

3000 35.0

4500 word major essay

4500 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-23 12:56:53 +1100