This course will cover the entire Psalter, focusing on Books One and Two (Psalms 1-72). The goal is to explore the spiritual dimension of prayer as both a reaching up to God and as a reciprocal relationship wherein God pleads, challenges, consoles, and just does nothing. Selected texts will be analyzed through traditional interpretations such as Augustine, Dahood (Anchor Bible), Sarna, and traditional Jewish exegesis, especially Rashi and Ibn Ezra. Hebrew is helpful but not required.
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