Psalms and Epistles weekend course

Ever wonder what the Psalms, Paul’s letters and 1 Corinthians all have in common? On top of the intellectual growth, nuturing of faith and increase in biblical literacy that comes with taking this class? A lot.

The best part? You get all of that in two weekends.

Michele Hershberger, instructor
Relg 202: Biblical Studies in Psalms and Epistles

Students in Biblical Literature, one of Hesston College's distinctive courses.

Weekend One – Study the Psalms!, January 24 to 26

  • Learn the cultural and historical background of many psalms
  • Learn about Psalm genre and literary clues concerning interpretation,
  • Discuss how to use the Psalms in worship and preaching

Weekend Two – Study Paul’s letters including I Corinthians!, March 20 to 23

  • Discuss major themes throughout the Epistles
  • Learn the cultural-historical background of the story beneath the letters
  • Explore preaching topics from the Epistles
  • Study the book doing verse by verse exegesis
  • Discuss how Paul works alongside the church at Corinth as they have conflict
  • Articulate major themes for preaching and worship

Weekend schedule

Thursday – 4 to 9 p.m. March weekend only
Friday – 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday – 8 to 9 a.m. (worship as a class), 9 a.m. to noon

Full course description

Relg202 Biblical Studies: Psalms and Epistles 3 hours
Studies Psalms and a specific epistle. The class practices sound exegetical skills, learning how to read psalm and epistle genre. In the first half, students study the overall structure of psalms and their contribution to Israelite theology and worship. In the second half of the semester, the class surveys the Pauline epistles, then practices exegetical skills with a selected New Testament epistle. Attention is given to the teaching, preaching and worship resources in each book. Students may enroll for a half semester with appropriate adjustment for one hour credit. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Relg 100 or consent of instructor.

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