|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).
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