OT426/436/626/636 The Psalms

The Psalms have proved their durability in Christian tradition, retaining great attention and affection with Christian readers over a span of centuries. But despite this real accessibility, there are aspects of the Psalms that are easily missed in our everyday reading, awareness which might truly enhance our understanding and appreciation of these ‘spiritual songs’.

Subject Code: OT426/436/626/636 (English & Hebrew)
Pre-requisites:OT302/502 & BB303/503
Study Modes:On-Campus and Distance
Next Available:Semester 2, 2017


In this subject we will explore the origin, shape and meaning of this lively book using the tools of biblical exegesis. By immersing ourselves in the lyrics and heritage of Old Testament songwriters who clearly understood intimacy with God, we hope to grow in our own knowledge of God.


    Dr Andrew Brown

      Time Commitments

      This subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessment consists of one exegetical essay and one exam. You will also be expected to participate in online forums.

          Required Text Books

          • DeClaisse - Walford, Nancy L., Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel
            Tanner, The Book of Psalms (The New International Commentary
            on the Old Testament; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014).
          • Futato, Mark D. Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook
            (Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis; Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic,

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              Dr Andrew Brown