BIBL 314 Psalm Explication Assignments
The student will analyze a biblical psalm using the methodology presented in Ryken’s Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold. The assignment is divided into the following 3 phases:
- Content Core and Structure: The student will systematically observe, identify, and describe the overall structure of his or her chosen psalm, and write the findings in 2-3 pages. No additional resources are required beyond the Bible and course textbooks, although the student may choose to consult other academic sources for this phase.
- Verse-by-Verse Analysis: The student will systematically observe, identify, and describe the poetic texture of the psalm, and write the findings in 3-5 pages. In addition to the Bible and course textbooks, the student must consult at least 2 academic commentaries for this phase.
- Final Paper: The student will bring together into one coherent paper the information gleaned in the previous two phases of this project. In addition, he or she will identify and describe one significant application point drawn from the chosen psalm for a modern Christian audience. The paper should be 2000-3000 words in length and consult at least 2 academic commentaries (from phase 2) in addition to the Bible and course textbooks. The paper must be in current Turabian format.