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


  • second level BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level two Biblical Studies units at second level


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


second level
  • one 2,000-word report 35%
  • two 500-word reports 35%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%
third level
  • one 3,000-word report 35%
  • two 500-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.


  • Allen, Leslie C. Psalms 101-150. Rev. ed. Word Biblical Commentary 21. Waco: Word Books, 2002.
  • Clifford, Richard J. Proverbs: A Commentary. The Old Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999.
  • Collins, John J. Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997.
  • Craigie, Peter C. Psalms 1-50. Word Biblical Commentary 19. Waco: Word Books, 1983.
  • Goldingay, John. Psalms. 3 vols. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Books, 2006.
  • Grabbe, Lester L. Wisdom of Solomon. Guides to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1997.
  • Kraus, Hans-Joachim. Psalms: A Commentary. Translated by Hilton C. Oswald. 2 vols. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988-89.
  • Murphy, Roland E. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Perdue, Leo G. The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Tate, Marvin E. Psalms 51-100. Word Biblical Commentary 20. Waco: Word Books, 1990.