Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Old Testament Exegesis

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION The Psalms are among the most popular books of the Old Testament and yet they remain difficult to understand and appreciate because they come from a very different world. The study-unit aims at offering a general introduction to the study of the Psalms by studying the history, structure and purpose of the collection, and the origin and classification of the psalms. A basic knowledge of the techniques of classical Hebrew poetry will help us appreciate the literary form of the psalms, a few of which will be studied in detail.

• R. Alter, The Art of Biblical Poetry (Harper Collins – Basic Books, 1985).
• W. G. E. Watson, Classical Hebrew Poetry. A Guide to its Techniques (Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, ²1995).
• J. L. Crenshaw, The Psalms. An Introduction (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cambridge, U.K., 2001).
• J. Day, Psalms (Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield 1990).
• J. J. Kraus, Theology of the Psalms (Fortress, Minneapolis, 1986).
• R. E. Murphy, O.Carm., The Gift of the Psalms (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 2000).
• H.J. Kraus, Psalms 1-59 and Psalms 60-150 (Fortress, Minneapolis, 1993).
• K. Seybold, Introducing the Psalms (Edinburgh, 1990).


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stefan Attard

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