Wisdom and Poetry in Israel

This postgraduate unit  enables the student to study particular books and passages from Old Testament Wisdom Literature in depth. It introduces the origins and characteristics of Wisdom Literature, the techniques and patterns of Hebrew poetry and the structure and content of selected wisdom texts in the Old Testament. It includes the exegesis of key texts.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points in Biblical Studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the structures, literary forms and contents of the selected books and passages of the Old Testament
  2. critically evaluate the principal forms and patterns of biblical poetry
  3. specify and appraise significant themes in the selected works
  4. determine the appropriate methodology in analysing and exegeting selected texts
  5. apply the relevance of the Wisdom literature to the contemporary church and society
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