Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Studies in the Book of Psalms (REL240)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify various types of psalms, including psalms of repentance, prayer, lament, wisdom and praise; interpret and analyze selected sections of the Book of Psalms and relevant rabbinic literature; identify and describe key themes in both the Psalms and in pertinent Rabbinic literature; exhibit advanced skills in textual comprehension when searching for and understanding excerpts from the Bible, the Talmud, and early commentators.
Major topics include an analysis of the various Psalms in their historical context; themes and explications of selected Psalms in light of classical commentaries and rabbinic sources; significance of various headings; Psalms of Thankfulness; acrostic Psalms; nearly-acrostic Psalms; Psalms of the Steps; B’nei Korach; “sela”; Psalms for the days of the week; “Why have You forsaken Me?”; “Ashrei”; reasons for suffering; Divine Providence through natural and supernatural means; the mitzvah of joy in mitzvos; “Hallelujah.” Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.