Job-Song of Songs and Lamentations – OBST 659

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of the historical background, nature, and purpose of divine revelation in the poetic literature of the Old Testament. An analysis of the form and content of the poetic books of the Old Testament: Job through Song of Solomon, and Lamentations.




This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to understand and apply the poetical books of the Old Testament. The ministerial student should be able to properly interpret the poetry of the Old Testament for preaching, teaching, and/or counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the general themes and contents of the Old Testament poetical books.
  2. Delineate the major critical issues and interpretive problems in the Old Testament poetical books.
  3. Identify the characteristics of Hebrew poetry and wisdom literature.
  4. Analyze the relationship between the Old Testament poetical books and the comparative ancient near eastern literary material.
  5. Synthesize a Christian understanding of the Old Testament poetical books.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 400 words. The student must then post 1 reply of at least 100 words. For each thread, assertions must be supported with at least 2 citations in parenthetical format. Each reply must cite at least 1 source. Acceptable sources include textbook(s), presentations, and the Bible. (Outcomes: C & E)

C.S. Lewis Book Critique

The student will complete a 5–6-page book critique which will summarize the contents of the text and also critique the text. The student will be graded based on the guidelines stated in the grading rubric found within Blackboard. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, & E)

Research Paper

The student will complete a 10–12-page Research Paper based on the topics found within the Assignment Instructions found in Blackboard. This assignment is to be graduate-level work with a minimum of 10 scholarly sources. Of the 10 sources, only 1 commentary from the Church Fathers, 1 commentary from the Reformation period, and 1 popular commentary may be cited, but these are not required. There are 2 steps to this assignment. The first step is a topic submission. The final step is the submission of the completed Research Paper, submitted through SafeAssign. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, & E)

Exams (3)

There are 3 exams in this course. Each exam consists of multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions. Each exam will have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit and draws from the textbooks and presentations. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, & E)