Week 1: What are the Psalms?
Week 2: Psalms of Complaint
Week 3: Hymns
Week 4: Royal Psalms
Week 5: Wisdom Psalms
Week 6: The Human Condition
Week 7: The Character of God
Week 8: The Psalms of Poetry
Royal Psalms – Discussion Questions
- What is the role of the king in the so-called Royal Psalms, and why is it important?
- How does the portrayal of the king in Psalm relate to the way kingship is portrayed in the writings of the prophets?
- What is the importance of the royal psalms for Jewish and Christian messianic expectation?
- The royal psalms reveal a belief that the king was divine. Do you see any relationship between worldly powers and divinity today? Why or why not?
- What role is there for these royal psalms, if any, in a modern world where most monarchies no longer exist?
- What metaphor, besides kingship, could illustrate God in the context of modern democracy (e.g. the president, the voting process, the people)?
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