2nd semester Wednesday morning                                                                  (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

This unit will cover the history of the study of the Psalms and contemporary interpretative concerns, including poetics and the shape of the Psalter. It will also cover the ongoing role of the Psalms in nurturing the human spirit.

 

PREREQUISITES

Level 2: BA1020Y and BN1020Y or the equivalent

Level 3: At least one unit of Old Testament at level two

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the various genres found in the Psalter and the contribution of poetics to the study of Psalms
  2. show understanding of the various ways the Psalms have been interpreted over more than 2000 years
  3. apply both diachronic and synchronic methods to the study of specific Psalms
  4. describe the shape of the Psalter and its impact on the meaning of the Psalms
  5. demonstrate awareness of the influence of the Psalms in Jewish and Christian religious and spiritual life throughout the ages and today

Level 3

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the various genres found in the Psalter and the contribution of poetics to the study of Psalms
  2. show an advanced understanding of the various ways the Psalms have been interpreted over more than 2000 years
  3. apply both diachronic and synchronic methods to the study of specific Psalms
  4. critically assess the shape of the Psalter and its impact on the meaning of the Psalms
  5. evaluate the value of the Psalms in Jewish and Christian religious and spiritual life throughout the ages and today.

 

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 1500 word exegetical paper (35%); 3000 word essay (65%)

Level 3: 1500 word exegetical paper (30%); 4500 word essay (70%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY    * = set texts recommended for purchase

Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic Books, 1985.

Day, John. Psalms.  OTG.  Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1992.

Gerstenberger, Erhard S.  Psalms.  FOTL 14.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1988.

———. Psalms, Part 2 and Lamentations.  FOTL15.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.

Holladay, William L. The Psalms Through Three Thousand Years.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996.

Kraus, Hans-Joachim.  Psalms 1-59. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1988.

———. Psalms 60-150.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1989.

Miller, Patrick D. They Cried to the Lord: The Form and Theology of Biblical Prayer.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1994.

McCann, J. Clinton, ed.  The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. JSOTSup 159. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993.

Reid, Stephen B.  Psalms and Practice. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001.

Zenger, Erich. A God of Vengeance?  Understanding the Psalms of Wrath.  Louisville, KY:  Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996.

———.The Composition of the Book of Psalms. BETL 238.  Leuven: Peeters, 2010

 

Lecturer:           MARY REABURN NDS