AC: Alphacrucis College

Details for Old Testament Poetry

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB510
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

The unit Old Testament Poetry is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Graduate Certificate in Arts (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Graduate Diploma in Arts (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).

Unit Content


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

Assessment Methods

Essay, Exegesis, Exam

Prescribed Text

Alter, R. The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. Rev Ed. New York: Norton, 2009.

Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Poetry. 2nd Ed. New York: Basic, 2011.

Anderson, B. W. Out of the Depths: the Psalms Speak for us Today, 3rd Revised Edition. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2000.

Berlin, Adele. Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism. Rev. and expanded. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Brueggemann, W.The Prophetic Imagination, 2nd Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001.

Burnett, J.S. “Forty-Two Songs for Elohim: An Ancient Near East Organising Principle in the Shaping of the Elohistic Psalter.” Journal for the Study of Old Testament 31, no. 1 (2006): 81-101.

Clifford, R. J. Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

Fokkelman, J. P. Reading Biblical Poetry. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2001.

Kingsmill, E. The Song of Songs and the Eros of God: A Study in Biblical Intertextuality, Oxford Theological Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009.

Lenzi, A. “Proverbs 8:22-31: Three Perspectives On Its Composition.” Journal of Biblical Literature 125, no. 4 (2006): 687-714.

Perdue, L.L. Wisdom Literature: A Theological History. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2007.

Sternberg, M. The Poetics of Biblical Narrative. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Tsumura, D.D., ‘Vertical Grammar of Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry’, Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol 128, no. 1 (2009): 167-181.