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"No collection of poems has ever exercised as much influence on the Western world as the Book of Psalms." — C. Hassell Bullock (1939-current)

Did You Know

The numbering and organization system of the Psalms is different in the Masoretic (Hebrew) and the Greek (Septuagint) manuscripts.

The Book of Psalms

Course Number: OT505


Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Course Description:

How important are songs in the life of Israel and the church? In this course, students study the book of Psalms, giving attention to the various forms of the psalms and their function within the historical experience of Israel. The course begins by focusing on the formulation and interpretation of the psalms. Students then examine in detail the various types of psalms including lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise. Waltke gives sermonic treatment of selected psalms with application for today’s church.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the historical setting and development of the Psalter.
  2. Analyze the various forms, contents, and settings of the Psalms.
  3. Interpret the figures of speech found within the Psalms as a means of understanding the message of the Psalms.
  4. Demonstrate the application of the Psalms to the church today.

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