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Speaker: Professor Donn Morgan

Many have noted, perhaps most famous among them the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that the psalms, so obviously written and composed as the words of prayer and meditation to God by singers, sages, prophets and others in ancient Israel, have become God’s Word to us in the Bible. That Word remains centrally important to Jews and Christians all over the world. These lectures first explore the definition, shape, and character of the Psalms as prayer. We will then identify ways in which the Psalms serve as resources for the life of the spirit. Finally, we will study the Psalms as a provider of help and direction in making sense of the world we live in, as a vehicle for opening paths to faithful living and service.