Unit Code & NameBA3134B 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.
FieldB - Biblical Studies
DisciplineBA - Old Testament
DateClasses will be held weekly on Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm
Campus | 100 Maidstone St, Ringwood
AssessmentsOne 1,400 Exegesis - 25%
One 1,400 Essay creative work based upon exegesis (written word base) - 25%
One 2,200 word Essay - 50%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Identify 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 Apply exegetical skills to selected psalms.
4. Illustrate the contribution of the psalms to personal and communal, contemporary Christian life.
5. 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