Details for Old Testament Poetry
This unit is the study of poetry and poetic techniques used in the Old Testament. It considers the role of poetry in the various socio-cultural world of the Old Testament, such as home and cultic contexts. This course provides opportunity for students to apply and evaluate a number of contemporary reading methods to Old Testament poetry.
- 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 (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a well-rounded understanding of the various forms and uses of poetry in the Old Testament;
- identify poetic techniques used in texts, such as imagery, parallelism and literary devices;
- analyse the use of poetic texts in a diversity of contexts in the Old Testament, such as their use in the home and cult as well as their rhetorical use by the prophets;
- demonstrate critical engagement with both primary and secondary texts;
- evaluate the influence of Ancient Near Eastern poetry in the development of Hebrew poetry
- critically analyse selected poetic texts
- Overview of Hebrew poetry
- Poetics and poetic criticism
- Imagery and metaphor in Hebrew Poetry
- Parallelism and literary techniques
- Poetic Forms in the Psalter
- The influence of Ancient Near Eastern poetry in the development of Hebrew poetry
- Use of poetry by the prophets, including rhetorical functions
- Where is poetry used in the OT? Social, religious and cultural background of poetic texts
- Analysis of selected poetic texts in the Old Testament
- Applying Hebrew poetry to contemporary Christianity
Exegetical essay, Critical essay, Exam.
- Reading package provided
Alter, R. The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary. New York: Norton, 2007.
Alter, R. The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic, 1985.
Anderson, B. W. Out of the Depths: the Psalms Speak for us Today, 3rd Revised Edition. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2000.
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.