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Spring 2014/Menlo Park



OT507: OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS: PSALMS (4 Units). Anthony Petrotta.

DESCRIPTION: A study of the Hebrew text of the book of Psalms.  Attention will be given to particular Psalms that display a range of types (laments, thanksgiving, etc.), social and historical influences, literary features, and theological themes.  The course will also give attention to how translation from the Hebrew enhances the use of the Psalms for worship, prayer, and formation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated through exegetical notebooks, papers and exams (1) the skill to analyze and translate a passage of Hebrew text;  (2) the ability to identify a variety of genres, and the historical and social influences where evident within the text; (3) facility in using appropriate interpretive approaches to the Psalms, and the theological themes exemplified by particular psalms; (4) the capability to reflect on the significance of Psalms for ministry and discipleship.

COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet on four Saturdays for a total of 32 classroom hours. Each class will combine lecture, discussion, “conversation with commentators,” and visual and aural considerations of the Psalms assigned for the session.

REQUIRED READING: 1,500 pages required.

Elliger, Karl, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Amer Bible Society, 1990. ISBN: 978-3438052193, Pub. Price $39.99 [1574 pp,].

Students can choose between either Goldingay’s or Krause’s commentaries on the Psalms:

Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume 1: Psalms 1-41. Baker Academic, 2006.  ISBN: 978-0801027031, Pub. Price $39.99 [640 pp.].

Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume 2: Psalms 42-89.  Baker Academic, 2007.  ISBN: 978-0801027048, Pub. Price $49.99 [752 pp.].

Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume 3: Psalms 90-150. Baker Academic, 2008. ISBN: 978-0801031434, Pub. Price $49.99 [816 pp.].

Articles and other readings in commentaries will be assigned and placed on Moodle or on reserve.

See the Biblical Division bibliography “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program” available here:http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html


  1. Exegetical notebook/journal for assigned Psalms (20%). [This assignment is linked to learning outcome(s) 1 & 2].

  2. Exegetical paper on selected Psalm in two parts:

  • Part I:  Lexical and grammatical notes, and commentary notes (5-7 pages) (20%). [This assignment is linked to learning outcome(s) 1 & 3]

  • Part II: Exegetical paper proper (10 pages) (40%). [This assignment is linked to learning outcome(s) 2, 3, & 4].

  1. Final exam involving translation and brief exegesis of selected passages previously studied (20%). [This assignment is linked to learning outcome(s) 1, 2, & 3].


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Old Testament “c” (OTCE) and MA program requirements for Old Testament book study (OTBK).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.