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The Book of Psalms

We will cover a variety of psalms in this course, including lamentations, royal, pilgrimages, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise.


How important are songs in the life of Israel and the church? In this course, learners 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: lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and Psalms of descriptive praise. Dr. Waltke gives sermonic treatment of selected psalms with application for today’s church.

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Study Guide
  • Understand the historical setting and development of the Psalter.
  • Analyze the various forms, contents, and settings of the Psalms.
  • Acquire the ability to interpret the figures of speech found within the Psalms as a means of understanding the message of the Psalms.
  • Demonstrate the application of the Psalms to the Church today.
  • It is an intensive course with a great deal of information. I appreciated how the lecturer would reference the original language/words and expand on the meaning. I also appreciated how the Psalms (and his discussion in the course) are not isolated from other parts of Scripture; rather they are dependent and interwoven in meaning and understanding and have a singularity of purpose of God's revelation to all of humanity. The course opens avenues for studying and meditating Psalms with intention, clarity, and application to our contemporary lives.

    — Matthew, United States (US)
  • Excellent in-depth study of the book of Psalms. Very appreciative of this course!

    — Ellen, United States (US)
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, United States (US)

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Course Details

  • 24 Lessons
  • 25 Activities
  • 1 Assessment
  • 30 Min Average
  • 24 Hrs Minimum
  • Course Award

Course Resources


Bruce K. Waltke, PhD