This unit studies Israel’s poetic literature and practice of prayer and worship as represented in the Psalter. It provides an opportunity to develop exegetical skills in the analysis of Hebrew poetry. It examines the characteristic features of Hebrew Poetry, and the historical, sociological and religious background to the Psalter. It investigates representative psalms and aspects of the theology of the Psalms.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



18 credit points in Biblical Studies

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the techniques of biblical poetry and the different types of Psalms found in the Psalter
  2. discuss the relevant historical, sociological and religious contexts of the Psalms
  3. exegete selected Psalms from the Psalter
  4. access and use the relevant secondary literature in a critical manner

make effective use of the Psalms in theology and worship

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