Courses

Bible Prayer and Spirituality
10 Sessions

Theology of Psalms: Praying Biblical Poetry

Facilitated by:
Rabbi Shai Held
Organization: Hadar Institute

Jews often take great comfort in reciting chapters of Tehillim (psalms), but we rarely study them carefully. In these sessions, we will explore the religious world of the book of Psalms.

Through close literary and theological readings of an array of Psalms—reflecting diverse genres, moods, experiences, and emotions—we will deepen our understanding of the texts and the worldviews they express. We'll encounter texts that are theologically profound, spiritually audacious, and literarily breathtaking. Along the way, we'll consider what it means to pray a text as opposed to merely reading or studying it.

Download a sample source sheet