The Psalms and Wisdom Literature


Rev. Anthony Dean CM
Semester 1, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm

The first section of this unit will consist of an examination of the Book of Psalms as a whole and then individual representative psalms. The second section will consist of an examination of selected wisdom texts from the Old Testament. Both sections will demonstrate the application of the major methodologies associated with the exposition of this literature.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • two 2,000-word reports 35%
  • two 1,000-word reports 35%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

The New Revised Standard Version, e.g., New Oxford Annotated Bible or the HarperCollins Study Bible will be used in lectures.


  • Gerstenberger, Erhard S. Psalms: Part I: With an Introduction to Cultic Poetry. Forms of the Old Testament Literature 14. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 1988.
  • ———. Psalms: Part II, and Lamentations. Forms of the Old Testament Literature 15. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • ———. Theologies in the Old Testament. Translated by John Bowden. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.
  • Kraus, Hans-Joachim. Psalms: A Commentary. Translated by Hilton C. Oswold. 2 vols. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988, 1989.
  • ———. Theology of the Psalms. Translated by Keith Crim. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986.
  • Murphy, Roland E. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1996.
  • Perdue, Leo G. The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Watson, Wilfred G. E. Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 26. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1984.
  • Weeks, Stuart. An Introduction to the Study of Wisdom Literature. Approaches to Biblical Studies. London: T. & T. Clark, 2010.
  • Wilson, Gerald H. The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation 76. Chico: Scholars Press, 1985.