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Poetic Books (2 ECTS)


This course will introduce the student to two aspects of the Poetic Books: poetry and wisdom. Poetry is the structure and delivery of the literature. The course will examine the ability of poetry to communicate at the emotional level and the place of poetry in communicating biblical themes. Wisdom is the thematic category of the literature. It focuses on the ancient pursuit of wisdom in Israel and looks at the genre, content, and social context of the wisdom writings. This course will examine themes that run throughout the wisdom tradition and the ways these themes develop and change in successive wisdom writings. The course will also consider the ways wisdom writings helped to shape the New Testament and continue to influence the church today.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Apply principles of sound biblical interpretation. 2. 2. Identify literary devices found in the Poetic Books and explain their significance. 3. Summarize the contributions of wisdom writings to living a full Christian life in contemporary cultures and contexts. 4. Identify the form, content, and social context of wisdom writings. 5. Compare and contrast Israel’s wisdom tradition with that of her neighbors. 6. Describe the compilation of Job, Psalms, and Proverbs. 7. Explain the fundamental tension in wisdom writings between doctrinal belief and life experiences. 8. Identify major themes of wisdom tradition and ways they, at times, stand in tension with one another. 9. Summarize the special contributions of individual wisdom writers. 10. Identify ways wisdom tradition influenced and shaped New Testament faith.

Mode of Study

Lecture Video Student interaction Hands on


50 objective multiple choice questions Online or pencil and paper Passmark 70%


90-100% A 4 Superior  80-89% B 3 Good 70-79% C 2 Satisfactory 0-69 F 0 Fail Berean school of the Bible (Christian  Ministry) grading Rubric



MQF Level 5 Qualification

60 ECTS Credits


Ministerial Studies Program

Certified Minister Level 1, 2, 3

20 ECTS Credits each

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