This unit examines in detail the Book of Psalms within Israel’s historical, social and cultic environment and the broader Ancient Near East context. The structure, unity and classification of the psalms will be examined, together with the literary features of the psalms providing significant opportunities for the development of biblical exegesis skills. Consideration will be given to the theological contribution of the psalms to the Hebrew scriptures. Special attention will be given to the creative use of psalms in contemporary Christian worship and reflection.

Unit Code: BA3303B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the unity of the psalms and their place within the Hebrew Scriptures


Demonstrate an understanding of the literary features of the psalms and the recurrent images/themes developed


Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary scholarship concerning the development of key themes within the psalms


Use exegetical skills to analyse the structure, classification and theological contribution of particular psalms


Interpret the psalms within the culture of ancient Israel and apply this to personal and communal, contemporary Christian living


Develop a creative piece of work or a worship exercise based on a detailed exegesis of a psalm


Critically evaluate and communicate the contribution of the Psalter to Christian theology and worship

Unit sequence

30 units from field B


Lectures, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 words Exegetical paper/class presentation

0 20.0

1,500 words Creative piece of work based on exegesis, eg • Sermon • Magazine article Series of prayers

0 30.0

2,500 words Topical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-07-01 07:52:39 +1000