Psalms: A Songbook for the Ages

Dr. Drew Longacre, Lecturer in Biblical Studies

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How can we respond when we’re mad at God? How can we praise the Lord in the midst of life’s many challenges? Throughout the ages, the Psalms have been a rich source for worship and theological reflection in Jewish and Christian traditions. In this course, we will closely study key Psalms that represent the full theological richness of the Psalter, with an eye to how ancient manuscripts, translations, and commentaries can help us understand the texts in fresh ways.

About Author

Dr. Drew Longacre

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Dr. Drew Longacre is the Paleographic Projects Coordinator at MIKRA Research Laboratory and an expert in the texts and manuscripts of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles. He has had research fellowships at the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of Helsinki, the University of Groningen, and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He has studied and published extensively on the Dead Sea Psalm scrolls and the history of the Book of Psalms.

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  • 02. The Collection of Psalms 18:37
  • 03. Psalm 1 12:49
  • 04. Personal Lament 15:01
  • 05. Psalm 109 16:47
  • 06. Imprecation and New Testament 26:54
  • 07. Penitential Psalms 15:27
  • 08. Psalm 51 17:28
  • 09. Communal Lament 15:34
  • 10. Collective Responsibility 22:06
  • 11. Royal Psalms 11:56
  • 12. Psalm 89 (part 1) 18:23
  • 13. Psalm 89 (part 2) 17:04
  • 14. Divine Kingship 15:41
  • 15. Hallelujah 16:30
  • 16. Songs of Praise 17:22

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  • Karen L Thornton

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Reba Davis

    Posted 6 days ago
    would like more explanation of the Hebrew words and their meanings
  • Daniel H Kallal

    Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Kirsten Randi Hansen

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Fine content, but the Reading of Psalm 1 in hebrew went too fast.
  • Bethyl Joy Shepperson

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Very thorough explanations of the theology and connections to other resources. Perhaps repetitive at times.

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