Introducing the Old Testament Psalms

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This Open Learning course equips students for further study of the psalms of the Old Testament, prompting reflection on Christian life and the development of resources for practical ministry. 

Course number and title

  • A2 - A journey of faith: Introducing the Old Testament Psalms

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify different types of psalms in the psalter
  • Describe the main characteristics of the types of psalm studied
  • Outline the content and meaning of each psalm studied
  • Where relevant, explain the references to the history of God's people
  • Explain the relevance of the psalms studied to contemporary Christian life and worship

Course contents

  • Lesson 1: Introducing the Book of Psalms
  • Lesson 2: Psalm 8 and Psalm 23 – Personal prayers of praise and trust
  • Lesson 3: Psalm 65 and Psalm 72 - Communal thanksgiving and prayer for the king
  • Lesson 4: Psalm 73 and Psalm 78 – The wisdom of the righteous
  • Lesson 5: Psalm 95 and Psalm 97 - God is King
  • Lesson 6: Psalm 136 and Psalm 137 - Communal praise and lament

Course level

  • Award


  • Course study guide
  • Key textbook: Bullock, C. Hassell, 2001 Encountering the Book of Psalms. Ada, Michigan: Baker Academic
  • The New International Version of the Bible
  • Additional reading is recommended


  • Essays of 800 words, which will require you to find appropriate study resources and include references and bibliographies
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Our courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Study the Bible and learn more about God, the Christian faith and Church tradition
  • Gain insight into your own personal faith experience
  • Develop resources for practical ministry

With three different levels of study available - Starter, Foundation and Award - it is not necessary to have studied before in order to apply for one of our courses. Bite-sized courses are also available.

Each student has a qualified personal tutor who provides support, guidance and encouragement as they progress through their course. The tutor will also grade assignments and give feedback on written work.

Work can be completed at your own pace, over a series of weeks or months, and can be submitted online or via post.

Lessons are available in different fonts, large print and printed on off-white or coloured paper for those who have additional needs. Please let us know what you require when enrolling.

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