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This course aims to edify you by teaching you to better read, understand and meditate authentically on each of the Psalms individually, and the book as a whole.
About this Class
The book of Psalms is considered by some to be the most popular book of the Old Testament. It is also the Bible's longest and, in some ways, most complex book, containing a collection of religious Hebrew poetry written over several centuries.
This course aims to edify you by teaching you to better read, understand and meditate authentically on each of the Psalms individually, and the book as a whole. Dr. Waltke is convinced that "what" a text means cannot be understood until it is known "how" it means. This course introduces you to five approaches that have proven helpful in guiding you to understand "how" the Psalms mean what they say, and then Dr. Waltke applies each of these approaches in exegeting and reflecting on specific Psalms.
You can view the notes that Dr. Waltke uses in the class by single-clicking on Outline Notes, or download them by right-clicking on Outline Notes then choosing the "Save Link As" option. You can do the same with the Psalms Passages. Dr. Waltke summarizes at the end of Lecture 1, but does not lecture in detail on the points in the outline, "2. Hermeneutics: Spiritual Approach," and "3. Historical Approach." We kept this information in the notes so you can better understand how Dr. Waltke uses these approaches in exegeting specific Psalms.
This course has been transcribed by our BT Ambassador, Phil Smith.
Dr. Waltke summarizes the different approaches to studying the Psalms. By understanding "how" it means, you will understand more clearly "what" it means.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 1
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 4
This is a review of the exegesis and exposition of Psalm 4, followed by a study of Hebrew Poetry and Psalm 23.
Knowing that there are different types of literature in the Psalms helps you interpret each Psalm more accurately. Introduction to the Hymns of Praise.
Some elements of the hymns of praise are the call to praise, the cause for praise and fervent praise with music.
We learn theology from the praise of God's people. God has both communicable and incommunicable attributes. It is incomprehensible that the laws of nature are comprehensible.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 100. Also some introductory remarks and a summary of Genesis 1.
We learn theology from the people of God celebrating the attributes of the God of history.
Psalm 92 is an example of public praise, telling what God has done for us.
There are three common sub-motifs in the petition psalms.
The theme of imprecatory psalms is petitioning God for deliverance from distress. Some also pray that God will uphold justice by punishing the enemy.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 3. This is the first lament psalm.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 22. Summary of Elohistic psalms.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 51. The theme of Psalm 51 is the petition for forgiveness of sin.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 44.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 91 and Psalm 139, which are both examples of psalms of trust.
The liturgical approach considers the setting of the psalm.
Exegesis and exposition of Psalm 73 and Psalm 15. Also a further explanation of the importance of the liturgical approach when reading and interpreting the psalms.
Exegesis and exposition of psalm 2, a coronation psalm.
You can download these lectures with our app and listen to them offline (more information).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the programs intended for?
The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.
Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?
In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.
Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?
At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.