The 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.

Unit Code: BA2134B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the literary features of the psalms including their poetic form and type.


Interpret the psalms within the historical and socio-cultural context of ancient Israel and other ANE settings.


Practice exegetical skills on selected psalms.


Illustrate the contribution of the psalms to personal and communal, contemporary Christian life.

Unit sequence

Undergraduate level 2 – 18 points from field B Undergraduate level 3 – 36 points from field B Prohibited combination: The Book of Psalms


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegesis 1250 words

1250 25.0

Essay - Creative work based upon exegesis (written word based) 1250 words

1250 25.0

Essay 2000 words

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 12:21:01 +1100