Unit Code & NameBA9734B The Psalms: songs for all times
DescriptionThe Psalms: Songs for all Times explores the book of Psalms within Israel's historical, social and cultic environment and the broader Ancient Near East context. We will study how the psalms provided the people of Israel with prayers, songs, and cries for God's intervention, and the ways they have been woven into the fabric of Christian worship. We will explore the theological contribution of the Psalms and how they have informed and shaped the lives of people of faith across the centuries and continue to do so in our contemporary world, even beyond the bounds of the Church in popular culture.
AssessmentsOne 2,000 word Exegesis - 25%
One 2,000 word Essay creative work based upon exegesis - 25%
One 3,500 word Essay - 50%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Analyse the literary features of the psalms including their poetic form and type.
2. Interpret the psalms within the historical and socio-cultural context of ancient Israel and other ANE settings.
3. Prepare an exegesis on selected psalms.
4. Assess the connections between the psalms located in the Psalter and psalms in other Old Testament materials.
5. Illustrate the contribution of the psalms to personal and communal, contemporary Christian life.
6. Critically evaluate and communicate the contribution of the Psalter to Christian theology and worship.
Text BooksText to be purchased
Anderson, Bernhard W. Out of the depths: the Psalms speak for us today. 3rd edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000