REL395 Selected Topics: Psalms and Israelite Worship: Long a favourite portion of the Bible, the book of Psalms offers a challenge to interpreters at every level of expertise. How do these words of men and women become the word of God? And how do they become our words once again? We will explore the invitation to dialogue with God and each other presented by the book of Psalms, attempting to discover how these ancient words have continuing relevance to modern life by careful attention to both the original context and the book’s editorial structures.
We will examine the entire collection, giving particular attention to the method by which we interpret texts. The course will introduce various methods and tools to be used in the interpretation of biblical texts, and will work through a variety of psalms from hermeneutic to homiletic.
This will be done in a seminar setting.