Throughout the centuries the book of Psalms has been at the heart of Israelite and Christian spirituality. This can already be seen in the New Testament, which quotes the Psalms more than any other book of the Old Testament. The Psalms featured prominently in the theology and spirituality of the church fathers and the Protestant reformers ensured a privileged position for the Psalms in their own time, as well as in the centuries that followed. Since the end of the nineteenth century, there has been a marked decline in the liturgical singing and praying of the Psalms. However, they continue to inspire the prayer and worship of God’s people, both personally and corporately.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the Psalms, resources for and trends in the study of the Psalms, as ways to enhance its application in Christian living today.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Effectively engage with scholarly resources relevant for studying The Psalms
- Demonstrate an understanding of the literary characteristics of The Psalms
- Identify different Psalm types and their associated social contexts
- Identify and explain key theological emphases in The Psalms
- Assess and appreciate different contemporary applications of The Psalms, both individually and corporately
- Unit 1: Introduction to the study of The Psalms
- Unit 2: The Psalms as prayer and liturgy
- Unit 3: The Psalms as theology
- Unit 4: The Psalms as literature
- Unit 5: Special themes in Psalm studies
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