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Interpreting & Applying Psalms

July 18 @ 8:30 am - July 22 @ 3:00 pm

Come join us for a one-week intensive program as Rev Dr David Firth takes us on a deep dive into the book of Psalms.

About this event

From 18-22 July, Brisbane School of Theology is offering you the opportunity to receive training from a leading scholar on the book of Psalms, exploring this rich and significant portion of scripture.

About David

David Firth completed a BTh at Morling College, Sydney, convinced that God would never need him to leave Sydney. But while studying there, he was convicted of the need to see the global work of the gospel, and with his wife Lynne, spent seven years in Africa working with the Australian Baptist Missionary Society, training local believers to take on the work there.

Prior to that they had spent a year in the UK while David completed an MA (with a dissertation looking at poverty and wealth in Amos) at London Bible College. David completed his PhD (on responses to violence in the Psalms) through the University of Pretoria while working in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Through a long process, God led David and Lynne to pastoral work in Sydney once more and then to the UK, where David has taught Old Testament at Cliff College, St John’s College at the University of Nottingham, and Trinity College at the University of Bristol, where David presently serves as Old Testament Tutor and Academic Dean.

Throughout, David has sought to integrate study of the Old Testament with what it means to be a participant in God’s mission today. David and Lynne have three adult children, all of whom now live and work in the UK.

About the Course

In this module, we study the English text of both the Psalms and the Psalter (though anyone with Hebrew is encouraged to use it). That is, we recognise that the each of the poems that makes up the book of Psalms is a text complete in itself and worthy of study, but also that the Psalter has been compiled in a particular way that gives shape to how we read each psalm.

To appreciate this, we briefly examine the nature of poetry in the Old Testament and the means by which it communicates. Alongside this, we examine the formation and shape of the Psalter, with the goal of understanding how the Psalms function as Christian scripture and a particular focus on the issues involved in preaching them.

Throughout the module, we integrate the exegesis of selected psalms with the overall study of the Psalter.

Why Take This Course?

This course is perfect for anyone looking to engage on a deeper level with the Psalms, whether for personal growth or as personal development in a ministry setting. This could be an excellent primer for a special preaching or study series on the Psalms in 2023, or a chance to explore how the Psalms fit into the broader narrative of the Old Testament.

This course is ideal for pastors and leaders, Sunday school teachers, academics and lay-people with an interest in the poetry and cultural context of the Psalter.

The Details

This is a five-day intensive, running from 18-22 July 2022 at Brisbane School of Theology in Toowong, Queensland. This course is open to credit students, students participating in the Master of Theological Studies, and to audit at a cost of $630 per person.

If there are several people at your church who could benefit from this course, we are offering a ‘Buy Two, Get a Third for Free’ option—call our office to discuss this further.

This course will be best experienced in an in-person setting, face-to-face, but will also be on offer for online participation via Zoom.

If you would like further information, you can contact our team on 07 3870 8355 to speak with the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Rev Dr Bruce Pass. Alternatively, you can email us at info@bst.qld.edu.au.

Once you are ready to proceed, please fill in this Expression of Interest form, and we will get in touch with you promptly.


July 18 @ 8:30 am
July 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Brisbane School of Theology
1 Cross Street
Toowong, Queensland 4001 Australia
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