The Devotional Use of the Psalms in the History of the Christian Church

Speaker(s): James Houston
Date: May 25 - June 5, 2009
Length: 16:43:02
Product ID: RGDL3917S

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Much of the history of the Church has viewed the Psalter as the Bible in miniature for lay devotees. Indeed, only since the eighteenth century has hymnody replaced the Psalms in the exercise of worship. This historical survey uses many newly translated texts of psalm commentators from the early Fathers to the Reformers and later scholars. The course is intended to alert Christians today to the critical importance of the Psalms for the contemporary defense of Christian orthodoxy, as well as the recovery of psalmic consciousness for personal and corporate devotion. Lectures include:

  • New Testament Commentary on Psalms
  • The Apologists' Use of the Psalms Against Gnostics and Jews
  • The Alexandrine School of Psalm Commentators
  • Augustine's Final Approach in His Homilies on the Psalms
  • The Psalms in the Eastern Church in Late Antiquity
  • The Monastic Use of the Psalter up to the 13th Century
  • The Role of the Penitential Psalms in the Middle Ages
  • Martin Luther and Erasmus' Use of the Psalms
  • John Calvin's "Plain Meaning" of the Psalms
  • The Weakening Role of the Psalms

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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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