Course Title: The
Hebrew Psalter Professor: Michael Kolarcik
1. Prerequisites: One year of Hebrew and One year of
2. Course Description: This course studies the Hebrew Psalter as a literary composition of the Second Temple Period. The literary forms of specific psalms are analyzed according to the main categories of Lament, Trust, Declarative Praise, and Descriptive Praise (C. Westermann). Contemporary studies on the Psalms are explored in order to evaluate the structures proposed by Westermann. Finally the structure of the Psalter as a whole and individual collections from within the Psalter are both studied in light of the socio-religious context of the Second-Temple Period.
The aim of the course is to provide Biblical AD students with a solid basis for exploring the literary structure of the various psalm types and the theological implications of the structure of the Psalter as a whole.
3. Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the
course will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
3.1 An understanding of the structure of the Psalter in its unity as well as individual collections within the Psalter.
3.2 An ability to explain the literary structure of various types of psalms in general as well as the specific structural application of the types in selected psalms.
3.3 A familiarity with the socio-religious currents in the
3.4 An ability to read a number of psalms studied during the course in Hebrew and translate into English.
4.1 By weekly preparations of selected psalms for reading in Hebrew
4.2 Major paper Outline with description, method and selected bibliography
4.3 Depending on the number of students, each student presents a seminar of one hour on a specific topic to be determined from the course outline at the beginning of the course. .
4.3 Major paper of 15-20 pages.
5. Grading:5.1 Hebrew
5.2 Major paper Outline: 10%
5.3 Seminar: 30%
5.4 Major Paper: 50%
6. Selected Bibliography
ALLEN, Leslie C. Psalms 101-150. Word Biblical
Commentary. Vol. 21. Revised.
ALTER, Robert. The Art of Biblical Poetry.
ALTER, Robert. The Book of Psalms.
ATTRIDGE, Harold W., Margot E. Fassler, eds. Psalms In Community: Jewish and Christian
Textual, Liturgical, and Artistic Traditions.
BERLIN, Adele. “Parallelism.” ABD Vol.5 (1992): 155-162.<>BERLIN, Adele. The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism.
BODA, Mark J., Daniel K.
FALK, Rodney A. WERLINE, eds. Seeking the Favor of God: The Origins of
Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism. Early Judaism and Its Literature,
BRUEGGEMANN, W. Abiding Astonishment, Psalms, Modernity and the Making of History. (Pss 78, 105, 106, 136). Lousville: John Knox, 1991.
W. Praying the Psalms.
W. The Message of the Psalms.
W. The Psalms & the Life of Faith.
Joel S W H Bellinger, W Dennis Tucker (eds). Diachronic and
Synchronic: Reading the Psalms in Real Time, Proceedings of the Baylor
Symposium on the Book of Psalms. The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Robert L. Shape and
Message of Book III (Psalms 73-89).
Amy C. Language, Power,
and Identity in the Lament Psalms of the Individual.
COXE, A.C. ed.
CRAIGIE, Peter C. Psalms 1-50. Word Biblical
Commentary. Vol. 19.
Jerome F. D. Yahweh as Refuge
and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter.
BROYLES, Craig C. Psalms.
New International Biblical Commentary.
CLIFFORD, R.J. Psalms
1-72. Collegeville Bible Commentary, OT 22.
CLIFFORD, R.J. Psalms
73-150. Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries.
DAHOOD, M. Psalms,
EATON, John H. Psalms of the
Way of the Kingdom: A Conference with the Commentators.
EATON, John H. Psalms. Torch Bible
FEUER, Avrahom Chaim, Nosson SCHERMAN, Meir ZLOTOWITZ.
Tehillim, A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized from Talmudic,
Midrashic and Rabbinic Sourses. 2 volumes.
Robert L, David M HOWARD (eds). My Words Are
Lovely: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms.
Dirk J C J A Vos (eds). Psalms and
Dirk J. Psalms and
GERSTENBERGER, E.S. Psalms, Part 1
with an introduction to Cultic Poetry. FOTL XIV,
GERSTENBERGER, E.S. Psalms, Part 2 and
Michael D. The Psalms of the sons of
Michael D. The Psalms of Asaph and the Pentateuch: Studies in the Psalter,
Michael D. The Psalms Of the Return (Book
V, Psalms 107-150): Studies in the Psalter, IV.
GILLINGHAM, Susan. Psalms Through the Centuries. Vol. 1. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008.
and Erich ZENGER. Psalms 2: A Commentary
on Psalms 51-100. Translated by Linda Maloney. [Die
Psalmen II, Psalm 51-100, Die Neue Echter Bibel, Echter, 2002.]
JACQUET, L. Les Psaumes et le Coeur de
Rolf A. Many are Saying:
The Function of Direct Discourse in the Hebrew Psalter.
Vivian L. David in
Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical Psalms.
KRAUS, H.-J. Psalms 1-59 vol 1, Psalms 60-150
vol 2: A Commentary. Translated by Hilton C. Oswald.
LOHFINK, N. “The Psalter and Meditation: On the Genre
of the Book of Psalms.” In In the Shadow of Your Wings: New Readings of
Great Texts from the Bible [Im Schatten deiner Flügel: Grosse Bibeltexte
MANDOLFO, Carleen. God in the Dock:
Dialogic Tension in the Psalms of Lament.
McCANN, Jr., J. Clinton. The Book of Psalms. The
New Interpreter's Bible, vol. 4.
Willem Van Der - J C De Moor. Structuralist
Analysis of Biblical and Canaanite Poetry.
MORROW, William S. Protest Against God: The Eclipse
of a Biblical Tradition.
ROGERSON, J.W., J.W. MCKAY. Psalms, I-
Paul R. Psalm
Structures: A Study of the Psalms with Refrain.
SCHAEFER, Konrad. The Psalms. Collegeville; Liturgical, 2001.
STUHLMUELLER, C. Psalms 1-72, 73-150. Old
Testament Message 21, 22.
TATE, Marvin E. Psalms 51-100. Word Biblical
Commentary. Vol. 20.
TERRIEN, S. The Psalms, Strophic Structure
and Theological Commentary.
WATSON, Wilfred G.E. Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques.
WATKINS, Mary, ed. Classical Hebrew
Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques.
WEISER, A. The Psalms. Trans. H.
Hartwell. Old Testament Library.
Course Topic Outline