Studying and Praying the Psalms

Course InstructorArthur E. Zannoni is an award winning freelance writer, scripture scholar, teacher, tehologian, workshop leader and consultant in the areas of biblical studies and Christian-Jewish relations.  He taught on the faculty of the School fo Divinity of the University of St. Thomas from 1984-1991 and in the Murray Institute from 1991-1994.  He helped establish in 1985 along with Rabbi Max A. Shapiro the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Christian Learning at the University.  He is the editor of two books and the author of three.  Zannoni is also a regular contributor to the webpage  He is a two time recipient of awards for excellent in writing from the Catholic Press Association.  An engaging speaker, he mixes humor and storytelling in his presentations.

Course Information:  Tuesdays, February 5-March 19, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Lumen Christi Catholic Community (2055 Bohland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116)  (No class on March 12)

Course Description:  The book of psalms is the Bible's prayer book.  It is used by Jews and Christians alike for personal pryaer and public worship.  These 150 prayer poems are expressions of faith in God.  They cover a whole range of emotions from praise and thanksgiving to lament, rage and despair.  Prayed and sung over the centuries, the book of Psalms is both an anthology of prayers as well as a school of prayer.  This program will look at the origin, content, context, literary forms, structure and theology of the biblical book of psalms.  A method for praying the psalms will also be provided.  Participations are requested to please bring a Bible to each session.

Registration fee for the series:  $80.00 per person

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Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):

February 5

Introducing the Book of Psalms

This session will look at the authorship, content, context, structure, division, poetry and literary forms of the book of Psalms

February 12

Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving

This session will explore both the individual and community pslams of praise and thanksgiving paying special attention to their content and use of imagery.

February 19

The Lament Psalms

In this session, participants will explore both the individual and community laments that are found in the Psalter as well as the so-called "cursing psalms".

February 26

A Pot-Pori of Psalms

This session will include an analysis of the seven penitential psalms, the acrostic psalms, the royal psalms, the Song of Zion, liturgical psalms and the wisdom and Torah psalms.

March 5

The Metaphors of "Pit" and "Wings in the Psalms

In this session two metaphors, that of "pit" and "wings" that are used in the psalms and used by the New Testament writers will be explored.

March 12 No Session
March 19

The Use of the Psalms in Christian Worship and Praying the Psalms

The final session will explore the use of the psalms in worship and personal and communal prayer.

Directions to Lumen Christi Catholic Community, 2055 Bohland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116

From the University of St. Thomas, take Cleveland Avenue South approximately 2 miles to Ford Parkway; turn left for one block to S. Kenneth Street; turn right at stop light; go two blocks and turn right (Highland Catholic School will be on your right).  The church will be on your right.  There is limited parking in the church lot but you can also find street parking nearby.  Enter the church from the Bohland Avenue entrance.