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: BA9004S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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


Articulate how liturgy is shaped by interaction with historical context


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


Pastorally engage a specific topic relating to Psalms in a critically rigorous, sustained, and practice-integrated manner


Create and illustrate a personal theology of the Psalms for use in current church and communal discourse.

Unit sequence

BA8001S Introducing the Hebrew Bible or equivalent


Lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3.000 word essay

0 50.0
Case Study

3,000 word case study

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-13 14:53:57 +1100