This unit offers a study of the book of Psalms. It involves an introduction to the literary genres of the book and its various authors with special emphasis on David. The unit will study the centrality of the book of Psalms in the spiritual life and liturgical prayers of the Coptic Church. The unit also introduces students to exegetical methodologies of Hebrew poetry.

Unit Code: BA9509A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the structure of Old Testament poetry and the different genres of the Psalter


Discuss the relevant historical, sociological and religious contexts of the Psalms


Evaluate the centrality and importance of the book of Psalms in the liturgy and spirituality of the Church


Analyse the structure, classification and theological contribution of particular Psalms


Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the Psalms

Unit sequence

An Old Testament Introduction unit at any level


Lectures, classroom or online discussion, guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and notes


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Written Assessment Task – Document Studies 2000 words

2000 30.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 2000 words

2000 30.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 3000 words

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 14 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 10:34:21 +1100