Psalms & Wisdom Literature

RELG 325

Psalms & Wisdom Literature


Prof. Thomas Rank

DUE Monday, May 3rd

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For each of the following, #s 1-5, provide a theological assessment (e.g. what does mean?), and a personal application. (10 points each / 50 points total for this section) (You may find help from the resources listed in the class Syllabus “Recommended for Further Study.”)

  1. Psalm 1
  2. Your choice of one penitential psalm
  3. Your choice of one lament psalm
  4. Your choice of one praise psalm from these: 145-150
  5. Your choice of one imprecatory psalm

Essay #1 (25 points)

What does it mean to describe the Psalms as Christo-centric (cf. Luke 24:44)? Give examples of Psalms/verses that are Messianic.

Essay #2 (25 points)

Based on this text from Proverbs:

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov. 4:20-23 ESV)

describe the value of learning to pray the psalms and to meditate upon them. Describe the benefit of knowing (familiar with themes, verses, categories) the psalms during times of trial and affliction.