2nd semester: Thursday 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.

PREREQUSITES: Level 2: BA1020Y and BN1020Y or equivalent; Level 3: at least 18 points Old Testament at Level 2

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 major essay (65%)
Level 3: 1500 word exegetical paper (35%); 3500 word major essay (65%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic Books, 1985.
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. Psalms. FOTL 14. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1988.

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

Gillingham, S. Psalms through the Centuries. Vol. 1. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

Goldingay, J. Psalms. Vols 1, 2 and 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press, 2006 and 2007.

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

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

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

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

Schaefer, K. Psalms. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001.

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

 

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

 

Lecturer: MARY REABURN NDS