In case you missed it – Bible Overview Class on the Wisdom Books and Psalms

On Wednesday September 26th we met at the Fellowship Hall at Zion to learn about the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Song of Songs, and Psalms. If you missed the class I invite you to watch the following videos from The Bible Project.

Proverbs

Download the class handout in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Watch the video

Check out the resource page on the book of Proverbs by clicking HERE

Ecclesiastes

Download the class handout in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Watch the video

Check out the resource page on the book of Ecclesiastes by clicking HERE

Job

Download the class handout in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Watch the video

Check out the resource page on the book of Job by clicking HERE

Song of Songs

Download the class handout in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Watch the video

Check out the resource page on the Song of Songs by clicking HERE

Psalms

Download the class handout in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Watch the video

Check out the resource page on the Psalms by clicking HERE

Psalms and Rhythm of Life

I spent additional time helping people understand the central place the Psalms have played in the life of the people of Israel, the ministry of Jesus, and the spiritual lives of Christians since the Resurrection.

I introduced the class to the work of the Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann who has developed a very helpful way of categorizing the Psalms, and bringing them into our own personal lives. Brueggemann suggests that we regularly find ourselves in one of three “places”:

  • A place of orientation, in which everything makes sense in our lives;
  • A place of disorientation, in which we feel we have sunk into the pit; and
  • A place of new orientation, in which we realize that God has lifted us out of the pit and we are in a new place full of gratitude and awareness about our lives and our God.

Brueggemann suggests that the Psalms can be organized in terms of those “places”, and that there are Psalms of orientation, disorientation, and new orientation. Recognizing this pattern of organization can help us identify psalms that fit the joys and sorrows of our personal lives.

Download the class handout of the Psalms categorized in terms of orientation, disorientation, and new orientation in PDF format by clicking HERE.

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