The Psalter

Unit Details

Workload One semester, 12 credit points
Status Elective
Subject Code OT020 (English) | OT021 (Hebrew)
Prerequisites 32 credit points of core foundation units which include OT001 and OT002. OT021 requires the completion of LA003 and LA004.
When Semester Two, 2019
Teacher Jill Firth

Unit content

  • Poetry, metaphor, macrostructures and microstructures, psalm types, individual and communal lament, the feminine in the Psalter, colonialism and postcolonialism, themes and theology, New Testament connections. Reflections on Psalms from Athanasius, Luther, Calvin, Bonhoeffer, Brueggemann, Serene Jones. Listening to indigenous, majority world and Asian voices including Miriam Rose Ungunmerr, Carol Robertson, Emmanuel Katangole, Yohanna Katanacho, Federico Villanueva, Dennis Ngien, and Peter Lau. Each class will include a time of reflection and prayer.
  • Exegesis of the English text of Psalms including 1, 2, 3, 22, 23, 42, 44, 48, 73, 74, 89, 96, 110, 137, 150.
  • Hebrew Texts to be prepared for OT436/OT636: Psalms 1, 2, 3, 22, 23, 42, 73, 96, 110, 150. A workbook with the Hebrew text is supplied to students.


Study Expectations
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to this unit. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory unit.


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