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). Notes.
  • 2 Sep:  Praise to our king (Psalm 145 and others). Notes.

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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