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.
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
15 points of Old Testament Study
Engagement with online Learning materials and Tutorial Discussion
Allen, L. C., Psalms 101–150, WBC, Waco, Texas: Word, 1987 *Brown, William P. (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. OUP, 2014. *Brueggemann, W and Billinger Jr, William H. Psalms. New Cambridge Bible Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Craigie, P. C., Psalms 1–50, WBC, Waco, Texas: Word. 1983. deClaisse-Walford, N. L., Introduction to the Psalms, St Louis: Chalice, 2004. Gerstenberger, E., Psalms 1–60 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry, Part 1, FOTL, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988 _____________, Psalms and Lamentations, Part 2, FOTL, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. Gillingham, S. E., The Psalms through the Centuries, Volume 1, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. *Jacobson, Rolf A. (ed.) Soundings in the Theology of Psalms: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011 Tate, M., Psalms 51–1000, WBC, Waco, Texas: Word, 1990.
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3000 word essay on a theme in the Psalms
1500 word exegetical essay on a Psalm with contextual comments
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