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TMOT 8026 Prayer in the Bible (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Though the focus of the course will be the wonderful Book of Psalms, it will examine expressions of prayer in the Old Testament, Qumran, and the New Testament. Psalms are a foundation of Jewish and Christian liturgy. Psalms became Christians' prayer, and, in the course of time, developed into the Liturgy of the Hours. The course will examine how the Psalms function in Christian liturgy and they might be understood by Christians in their personal prayer.


Instructor(s): Richard J. Clifford, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: The course will be mainly lecture and analysis of the selected psalms. There will be occasions for students to present their analyses, imitations of psalms, and free compositions composed in the spirit of the psalms. Grading will be on the basis of participation in the sections, analyses of psalms, composition of modern psalms (with annotations), and a 2000 word paper due at the end of reading week.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13