The Book of Psalms (P/G)

Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA9450T/BA9459T
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites:

BA8000T Introduction to the Old Testament or equivalent

Recommended: BA8300T Interpreting the Old Testament or equivalent

Familiarity with Biblical Hebrew is an advantage

Content: This unit engages with the Book of Psalms. It considers the history, forms, structure and contents of the Psalter, its genres and its theologies. Students will undertake exegesis of selected psalms; reflection on documents from the Christian tradition; personal prayer and reflection in the light of learnings.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • critically exegete a psalm within its form critical and canonical context
  • evaluate scholarly approaches to reading the Psalms
  • synthesise insights in theology and liturgy of the Psalms from ancient Israelite and Christian traditions
  • apply insights from the Psalms to critique their liturgical use
  • synthesise theory and praxis in a contemporary context.
Assessment:
  • 2,500-word exegesis (40%)
  • 2,500-word essay (40%)
  • forum, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Brown, W.P. Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002. 

Brown, William P. The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Brueggemann, W. Psalms. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

DeClaissé-Walford, Nancy L., R.A. Jacobson and B. Laneel Tanner, The Book of Psalms. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.

Firth, D.G. Surrendering Retribution in the Psalms: Responses to Violence in Individual Complaints. Bletchley: Paternoster Press, 2005.

Gillingham, Susan E. Psalms through the centuries. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Hopkins, Denise Dombkowski. Psalms: Books 2-3. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Book, Liturgical Press, 2016.

Jacobson, R.A. and K.N. Invitation to the Psalms: A Reader’s Guide for Discovery and Engagement. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

Wallace, Howard N. Psalms. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.