The Psalms as Christian Lament

Speaker(s): Bruce Waltke, James Houston
Date: July 9-13, 2012
Length: 11h 54min
Product ID: RGDL4213S

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The Psalms have figured prominently in the life of the church, and much has been written about them. However, the two voices of the Holy Spirit, infallibly in Scripture and edifyingly in the church's response, are rarely combined. It is the goal of this course to enrich the daily life of the student and to deepen the church's community worship by hearing God's voice both through accurate exegesis of the Psalms and through the believing response of the church. After a brief introduction to the Psalter and the history of its interpretation, this course will blend a verse-by-verse exposition of selected Psalms by Bruce Waltke with a history of the Psalm's interpretation in the church from the time of the apostles to the present by James Houston. The aim of this course is to reach into the pure gold of the biblical text and into the hinterland of Christian history, and to draw fresh renewal of spirit and thought from both.

Lectures include:

  • Introduction to the Course and the Psalms (Waltke)
  • Psalms as Christian Lament (Houston)
  • Psalm 6: A Royal Petition for Vindication from Death (Waltke)
  • Hermeneutic Approaches to the Psalter: Historical Background (Waltke)
  • Psalm 51: "The Psalm of All Psalms" in Penitential Devotion (Houston) / Psalm 6 cont'd (Waltke)
  • Psalm 51: The Voice of a Contrite Heart (Waltke)
  • Psalm 32: Forgiveness for the Justified (Houston)
  • Psalm 32: The Voice of a Forgiven King Fulfilling His Vow (Houston)
  • Hermeneutical Approach to the Psalms: Form Critical and Liturgical Methods (Waltke)
  • Psalm 44: Lament in National Catastrophe (Houston)
  • Psalm 44: A Martyr's Plea (Waltke)
  • Psalm 22: History of Interpretation (Houston)
  • Psalm 22 (Waltke)

Note: Due to the nature of the class, there are multiple lectures for each session. Therefore there are multiple lectures in each mp3 file or CD.

See All Audio by Bruce Waltke James Houston

Bruce Waltke is Professor Emeritus in Old Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of Genesis: A Commentary, Creation and Chaos, Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion?, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and commentaries on Micah. He also served on the translation committee of the NIV Bible.

James M. Houston is Board of Governors' Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. Previously, he was University Lecturer at Oxford University. He is author of I Believe in the Creator, In Search of Happiness, The Heart's Desire: A Guide to Personal Fulfillment, The Transforming Power of Prayer: Deepening Your Friendship with God., Joyful Exiles, and Letters of Faith Through the Seasons.

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