A study of the Psalms in the life and worship of Israel, with particular attention given to the literary types of psalms and the shaping of the Psalter. Introduction to Hebrew poetry and detailed exegetical study of selected psalms. Exploration of the psalms in personal and communal spiritual practice will include: psalms in the use of ritual in pastoral care (individual and corporate); psalms as a reflective and creative resource in forming responses to life’s challenges and celebrations.

Unit Code: BA2004S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the different literary genres in the Psalms


Use exegetical methodology in analysing selected texts


Articulate how liturgy is shaped by interaction with historical context


Evaluate a variety of theological, liturgical and pastoral approaches to studying the Psalms

Unit sequence

BA1001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent


Rotating lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2,000 word essay

0 50.0
Critical Review

1000 word critical reflection on set reading

0 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,500 word tutorial paper

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-07 09:26:04 +1100