This course is a study of the psalms their origin, literary genres, theological themes, and liturgical use in Ancient Israel as well as in contemporary Christian worship. Discussions focus on the major themes found in the psalms, such as Davidic kingship, messianism, wisdom, personal faith and piety of the psalmists, etc. Form-critical exegesis of representative psalms, including the analysis of elements and techniques of Hebrew poetry will be undertaken in the class lectures.
Exegesis: Psalms. Psalms of Lament
This is a study of the psalms of lament in terms of their historical background, poetic nature, canonical context, and application to the Asian contexts. Other lament literature outside the Psalms (the Book of Lamentations and Confessions of Jeremiah), as well as modern laments, will also be included in the study.