OT036-812 - Interpreting and Applying Psalms
2,802 Standard Tuition Fee
Category advanced unitC
old testamentUnit Discipline
Prior to 2020, this unit content was delivered under the unit code OT742-4.
Set TextThis unit counts towards the "set text" unit requirements of courses.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
1. Demonstrate Advanced knowledge and understanding of, and the research underlying, the interpretation and application of the Book of Psalms
B. Be able to
1. Examine recent scholarship on the interpretation and application of the Psalms
2. Demonstrate skill in utilising diverse scholarship in the interpretation and application of the Psalms
3. Present Research-Aware evidence-based perspectives on the interpretation and application of the Psalms
C. Be in a position to
1. Applying Advanced perspectives and skills from ‘Interpreting and Applying Psalms’ to ministry practice and Christian living as a reflective practitioner
Unit Content of On-campus delivery mode:
- Topics: key issues such as Yhwh’s kingship, Messianism, eschatology, the nature of Hebrew poetry, Psalm types, and theories of formation.
- Exegesis: exegesis of a selection of Psalms.
- Preaching: moving from exegesis to sermon composition.
Unit Content of Off-campus delivery mode:
- Module one: Introduction of the study of Psalms
Background, history , major aspects, concerns and implications of the Psalter (in English or Hebrew), the nature and operation of research skills in Old Testament
- Module two: Key issues of Psalms
Yhwh’s kingship, Messianism, eschatology, the nature of Hebrew poetry, Psalm types, and theories of formation
- Module three: Exegesis of Psalms
Exegesis of a selection of Psalms.
- Module four: Preaching: Moving form exegesis to sermon composition
Procedures and steps of writing sermons using resources and material from the exegesis
This unit's indicative bibliography is currently being revised. Students should contact their home college for further details at the time of taking this unit.
Bullock, C. Hassell, Encountering the Book of Psalms, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, 2nd edn, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
deClaisse-Walford, Nancy, Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel Tanner, The Book of Psalms, NICOT, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014).
Goldingay, John, Psalms, 3 vols, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006-2008.
Gibson, Scott M., ‘Challenges to Preaching the Old Testament’, Preaching the Old Testament ed. Scott M. Gibson, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006, 21-28.
Grogan, Geoffrey W., Prayer, Praise and Prophecy, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2001.
Harman, Allan, Psalms, Ross-shire: Mentor, 1998. 2 vols.
Longman, Tremper, III, Psalms, Tyndale OT Commentary (Downers Grove: IVP: 2014).
Wilson, Gerald Henry, Psalms. Vol.1, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.
Starling, David, ‘The Messianic Hope in the Psalms’, RTR, 58, 1999, 121-134.
Van Groningen, George, ‘A Biblical Theological Basis for Scripture Preaching’, Preaching the Word: Essays in Honour of Professor Tom Wilkinson, ed. Stewart Gill, RTRSS, 3, Doncaster: Reformed Theological Review, 2009, 11-29.
Wenham, Gordon J., Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Song Ethically, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012.