This unit will introduce the Book of Psalms, and study the formation and development of the Psalter. It will give attention to the various forms of the Psalms, their setting and their functions within the historical experience of Israel. The course also seeks to provide critical knowledge of the theology inherent in the Psalms and explore the relevance, use and functions of the Psalms in today’s context.

Unit Code: BA3029P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of the formation and development of the Psalter


Analyse the various types of Psalms: their form, content, settings and functions


Critically engage the Psalms and their varied theological positions


Apply the Psalms and their message to contemporary situations

Unit sequence

15 points of Old Testament Study


Engagement with online Learning materials and Tutorial Discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500 word exegetical essay on a Psalm with contextual comments

0 50.0

3000 word essay on a theme in the Psalms

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Jan, 2001

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-11 15:17:49 +1100