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: BA9734B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse 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.


Prepare an exegesis on selected psalms.


Assess the connections between the psalms located in the Psalter and psalms in other Old Testament materials.


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


Critically evaluate and communicate the contribution of the Psalter to Christian theology and worship.


The learning in this unit will be scaffolded by learning materials produced by the lecturer, together with readings. Learning activities may include: exegetical exercises to practice and develop skills, regular learning tasks, engagement through online forums, virtual classroom sessions and student collaboration.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegesis 2000 words

2000 25.0

Essay - Creative work based upon exegesis (written word based) 2000 words

2000 25.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 14:25:36 +1100