Understanding the Psalms, 9126: Th.M.

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
Instructor: R. V. McCabe, Th.D. Summer Semester
Course Outline (Th.M.) 2008

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A course designed to assist in developing a greater appreciation for the Old Testament
worship manual, the Psalms. This course looks at the historical development and the
organization of the Psalter. It also aims to use the various literary genres found in the Psalms s paradigms for further study and worshipful reading in the book of Psalms.

In this course the student should

  1. have an understanding of the historical development of the Psalms,
  2. have an understanding of the organization of the book of Psalms,
  3. become acquainted with the genres found in the Psalms along with some key psalms associated with each genre, and
  4. acquire an appreciation for the message of the psalms studied.


  1. Quizzes: At the beginning of each class, a quiz over the notes from the previous day, which includes the content from an English translation, may be administered???50% of grade.
  2. Sight reading of Hebrew Text: Each Th.M. student is required to be able to sight read and interact with the Hebrew text of the selected psalms by Friday, August 1???20% of grade.
  3. Critical book review: Each Th.M. student is to write an 8 to 15 page critical evaluation of Bullock???s Encountering the Psalms. This is due on Friday, August 1???20%.
  4. Reading requirement: The reading assignment for this class is due on Friday, August 1???10% of grade.


  1. Bullock, C. Hassell. Encountering the Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.
  2. Longman, Tremper III. How To Read the Psalms. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988.
  3. McCabe, Robert V. ???Understanding the Psalms.??? Class notes, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008.