Free course: Psalms

Interested in Psalms? Join me for a free course if you’re in Perth. Two sessions (7–9 pm) each Monday evening for six weeks (29 July – 2 Sep 2019).

The first session orients you to the Book of Psalms, covering questions such as:

  • Is each Psalm an independent song, or are they meaningfully arranged? Is there a theme?
  • What kinds of Psalms are there? Which genres are most prevalent, and why?
  • How do the lines of a song relate to each other? They don’t rhyme, so how do they connect?

Then we’ll dive into select Psalms from all genres, like samples from a chocolate box. We’ll use the same three questions with each Psalm:

  1. What would this have meant to Israel?
  2. What does it mean when we re-read it in light of Jesus?
  3. What does it mean to us today?

Such simple questions, yet they provide such a rich perspective — the meaning through time. It’s like seeing them in 3D. We’ll only get through 10 Psalms, but you can then to use the approach with the other 140.

  • 29 Jul:  How to approach the Psalms (Psalm 1). Notes.
  • 5 Aug:  The Lord’s Anointed (Psalm 2). Notes.
  • 12 Aug:  Messiah in the Psalms (Psalms 8, 22). Notes.
  • 19 Aug:  Our faithful ruler (Psalms 45, 89). Notes.
  • 26 Aug:  Exile and beyond (Psalms 108, 137).
  • 2 Sep:  Praise to our king (Psalm 145 and others).

The course is free, but please register to help us with planning. The location is Riverview, Burswood. Notes (pdf) available each week: scroll down to Unit 215 on this page.

Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview College Dean

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