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TM221.5/ TM121.5 First Testament Texts: Psalms

TM221.5/TM121.5 Psalms is an occasional WEMTC module run for Accelerated students. It is therefore not often available. The following indicates what the course looked like when it was last run in 2003/2004. The material will be updated when the module is next run.
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This module explores key themes, structures and poetic forms in the Book of Psalms and sample Psalms are studied. The use of the Psalms in worship and in forming Christian life today and within the Jewish and Christian traditions is explored.

TM221.5/ TM121.5 First Testament Texts: Psalms

Welcome to the TM221.5/TM121.5 Psalms web page. This page is designed to provide useful resources for those studying or about to study Psalms with WEMTC. If you have found useful resources or have questions you would like ask, please do contribute. As this module is taught at two levels please take note of those sections that apply to your track. TM221.5 is level two for ordinands and other students with permission to study at level two while TM121.5 is the Certificate level one version of this course. The primary differences are in the module descriptions and the assessment.

What is this Module all about?

TM221.5/TM121.5 provides 10 lectures on the Book of Psalms, exploring historical issues (e.g. the origin and form of the Psalms, the compilation of the Psalter), literary issues (Hebrew poetry) and the liturgical issues of using the Psalter in worship. The class is taught at a mixed University Level One and Two and requires TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament as a prerequisite. It is studied in a broadly academic environment acknowledging the various methods of modern scholarship but with a view to understanding how this greater knowledge can enhance our own faith and worship and that of our congregations. Click here for:

Useful resources for TM221.5/TM121.5 Psalms


Books

The following are core books for this subject: For more detailed bibliographies see our Sample book lists.
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TM221.5 Psalms Web Resources

You may find the following web sites helpful when studying the Psalms. Material on the net has no quality control making tutors very wary - and rightly so! Nevertheless there is a growing amount of first class academic work on line particularly coming from Religious Studies Departments of good Universities. Treat with care and you'll find it very useful for essays.

The Internet is not 100% reliable and documents move, disappear and change their names. If you find a link does not work, try again in an hour, a day, or a week. But do feel free to email us to report a link doesn't work. Don't forget to tell us the name of the link!

Online Bibles and Commentaries on the Psalms (usually older versions out of copyright but some web specific material)

Bible.org's commentaries and articles
Contains a growing set of online commentaries on the OT books by a variety of authors. Psalms included. Fairly conservative but engaging with academic subjects and the major scholars. Look around the home page for other useful articles.
McGill University
Links to online bibles, tools and resources for biblical studies

Gateways to OT sites (Sites of links to academic works)

Old Testament Gateway
Set up by Australians Roy and Sue Nicholson to mirror Mark Goodacre's New Testament Gateway it looks set to be an excellent starting point for all FT studies.
iTanakh
Another excellent Gateway to academic sites relating to the Hebrew Bible for undergraduate to doctoral level by C Heard of Pepperdine University.
Rutger's Virtual Religion Index
Rutger University's list of FT links - mostly to academic quality websites. Scroll down for Psalms (under Kethubim- Writings)
Torrey Seland of Volda University, Norway
Lots of good links to English material of reasonable quality.
R Klein's list of Psalms links .
His list of links includes some of his own well-respected work. Explore further and you'll find his translations of certain Psalms.

Historical Critical Studies of the Psalms

Psalms by Genre
Stephen Wiggen's list of psalms allocated to genres (form criticism). Dr Wiggins is Hebrew Professor at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin
Patterns for Life: Structure, Genre, and Theology in Psalms
Dennis Bratcher's slightly simplified intro to form criticism and how such an academic study might be applied to faith. Good on application of historical critical study.
The Psalms and the Cult
David Clines' article on Psalms research from 1955 -1998 dealing with the relationship of the Psalms to the Cult (i.e. established religion)
The Literary Genres
David Clines' article on Psalms research from 1955-1998 dealing with form criticism
Psalms and the King
David Clines' article on Psalms and Kingship

Literary Critical Studies of the Psalms

Understanding Parallelism
Stephen Wiggen's explanation of different types of parallellism. Dr Wiggins is Hebrew Professor at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin
Parallelism of Greater Precision
David Clines' article on how Parallelism functions

Specific Psalms

Universal Dominion in Psalm 2
David Clines' article on Psalm 2
The Tree of Knowledge and the Law of Yahweh Psalm 19
David Clines' article on Psalm 19
A World Established on Water Psalm 24
David Clines' article on Psalm 24 sub titled: Reader Response, Deconstruction and Bespoke Interpretation
Psalms Course on Psalms 2,19,22,23,24,42-43
David Clines' 1998 module on the Psalms with documents for distance learning now a bit ancient but still interesting

Hymns and Psalms in the Ancient Near East

The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Orion Centre for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Scroll pictures, content and associated literature
More Dead Sea Scrolls
An exhibition of some of the scroll fragments. See especially the reconstructed non canonical psalm

Jewish Use of Psalms

Praying Ashrei - Meditations on Psalm 145
David Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies Emory's meditations on Psalm 145

See also our General Old Testament Links
And there are always the General Religion Links as a starting point.

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TM221.5 Psalms at Bristol

When run this module is taught at Bristol by Elizabeth Harper
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TM221.5 Psalms at Cheltenham

When run this module is taught at Cheltenham by Elizabeth Harper

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TM221.5 Psalms at Ludlow

When run this module is taught at Ludlow by Gill Sumner

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The Student Spot

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Module Description for TM121.5


Code and title

TM121.5 First Testament Texts: Psalms

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper
Gloucester: Elizabeth Harper
Ludlow: Gill Sumner

Brief description

This module explores key themes, structures and poetic forms in the Book of Psalms and sample Psalms are studied. The use of the Psalms in worship and in forming Christian life today and within the Jewish and Christian traditions is explored

Level and Credits

Level I       7.5 credits

Status

Optional

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament

Recommended prior study*

Nil

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent.

Indicative resources


Module Description for TM221.5


Code and title

TM221.5 First Testament Texts: Psalms

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper
Gloucester: Elizabeth Harper
Ludlow: Gill Sumner

Brief description

This module explores key themes, structures and poetic forms in the Book of Psalms and sample Psalms are studied. The use of the Psalms in worship and in forming Christian life today and within the Jewish and Christian traditions is explored.

Level and Credits

Level II       7.5 credits

Status

Optional

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament

Recommended prior study*

Nil

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent.

Indicative resources


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