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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Psalms, Wisdom and Prophets
Module Code TP129
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brad Anderson
Semester 2: Brad Anderson
Autumn: Brad Anderson
Module TeachersBrad Anderson
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will explore various aspects of the psalms (prayer, poetry, type, theological themes) and prophets (nature, development, historical setting, major themes), as well as giving students an appreciation of the Jewish wisdom tradition (Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth).

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the psalms as expressions of the religious life of Israel, as well as how these are examples of Israel's poetry.
2. Identify and reflect upon the psalms as a resource for faith and life within the Christian tradition.
3. Argue and reference the particular point of view of the individual prophets within the social and historical contexts in which they were active.
4. Critically reflect upon the main themes of the preaching of the classical prophets in the light of their own life experience.
5. Engage in personal theological reflection on the riches of the Jewish Wisdom tradition in a manner that is appreciative of the wisdom of other traditions.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Online activity24No Description
Directed learning50No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Independent Study39.5No Description
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Psalms in the context of Israel’s history and literature

The classification of the psalms according to literary types

The study of selected psalms

Prophecy in the Ancient Near East and in Israel

The prophets, historical background and the main aspects of their preaching

The wisdom tradition in Israel

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityOnline discussion forum20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph: 2002, Isaiah 40-55, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 978-0-300-14054-5
  • Blenkinsopp, Joseph: 2003, Isaiah 55-66, Doubleday, New York/London,
  • Crenshaw, James L.: 0, The Psalms, 0-8028-0854-9
  • Collins, J.J.: 2004, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Fortress Press, Augsburg, Minneapolis,
  • Eaton, John: 2005, The Psalms: A Hisorical and Spiritual Commentary, Continuum, London,
  • Malchow, B.V.: 1996, Social Justice in the Hebrew Bible, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN,
  • Murphy, Ronald: 1990, The Tree of Life: An Exploration of the Biblical Wisdom Literature, Doubleday, New York,
  • Perdue, Leo G.: 1994, Wisdom and Creation: The Theology of the Wisdom Literature, Abingdon, Nashville,
  • Skehan, Patrick W. and Di Lella, Alexander A.: 1987, The Wisdom of Ben Sirach, Doubleday, Garden City, NY,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BATRSBA in Theology and Religious Studies

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