This unit offers a study of the book of Psalms. It involves an introduction to the literary genres of the book and its various authors with special emphasis on David. The unit will study the centrality of the book of Psalms in the spiritual life and liturgical prayers of the Coptic Church. The unit also introduces students to exegetical methodologies of Hebrew poetry.

Unit Code: BA2500A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of Old Testament poetry and the different genres of the Psalter.


Discuss the relevant historical, sociological and religious contexts of the Psalms


Explain the centrality and importance of the book of Psalms in the liturgy and spirituality of the Church


Analyse the structure, classification and theological contribution of particular Psalms.

Unit sequence

BA1100A/BA1109A Old Testament 1: A Patristic Approach


12 weekly sessions, required reading and additional reading resources.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Studies 4 x 250 words total 1000 words

1000 25.0

Essay 1,000 words

1000 25.0

Essay 2,000 words

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 May, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 10:53:41 +1100