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BBCL2607: Biblical Poetic Books

This unit examines the Biblical Poetic Books such as Psalms, the Song of Songs and Lamentations. The main focus of the course is on how the literary conventions of the genre of Hebrew poetry are used by the poets to set out the theological and philosophical concepts the texts are designed to express. These literary conventions will be studied in the light of other Ancient Near Eastern literature of a similar genre.

Code BBCL2607
Academic unit Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Credit points 6
12 Junior credit points including at least 6 from BBCL1001 or BBCL1002 or HBRW1111 or HBRW1112 or RLST1002 and 6 from Hebrew or Biblical and Jewish Studies or Ancient History or Anthropology or Archaeology or History or English or Philosophy or Studies in Religion or Arabic Studies or BBCL2603 or BBCL2609 or BBCL2610

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. distinguish poetry from prose
  • LO2. identify poetic properties
  • LO3. Recognise major themes of biblical poetry
  • LO4. decrypt poetic metaphors and allegories
  • LO5. trace visible and hidden messages in figurative discourse
  • LO6. examine various types and usages of poems
  • LO7. Investigate questions about the poet’s socio-political circumstances
  • LO8. discuss the place of poems and psalms in religious rites
  • LO9. write scholarly exegesis and argumentative essays on biblical poetic passages

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.