The Hartford Institute of Biblical Studies

A Commentary on the Book of Psalms


From: January 26, 2017 – May 4, 2017

Chapters 1- 13

Urias H. Beverly, Instructor

Course Description 

The Book of Psalms is a wonderful study of the Hebrews celebrations and sorrows as they tried to make sense of what they were experiencing.  Psalms is poetry, prayers, and praise of the history, helplessness and hopes of a people who loved their God.  This was true even though they tried to go their own way and do their own thing.  They were a people on display before a world of others who surrounded them and fought against them constantly.  They were indeed God chosen people, but that was sometimes a burden on them to be obedient to God in all things and at all times.  There were times they were at rest from war and work; a time to celebrate and remember God’s goodness.  These were the times when they were all happy and celebrated joyfully or reflected quietly.  As we get to know them better, we get to know ourselves better.  We study this Book because it is not only historical, poetic, and prayerful, but it is also theological and can help us learn to think about and closer relate to God. 

Goals for the Course

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1.  Make a list of the structures of Psalms;

2.  Talk about the types of writing in Psalms;

3.  Articulate the value of the Psalms then and now; and

4.  Hopefully come to appreciate the faithfulness of God to the Hebrews and to us.

Required Reading

The New International Version (NIV) Study Bible and A Commentary on the Book of Psalms, by Saint Robert Bellarmine, (Published by Aeterna Press, Copyright: 2015)

Evaluation of the course

The course will be orally assessed.

Class Sessions:  Lower Class Room 106 (under the chapel)

Length of Course:  From: January 26, 2017 – May 4, 2017

Class Sessions:  One hour and forty five minutes per week for 13 weeks

Period of Class Time:  Class Schedule Thursdays 6:00- 7:45pm.

The Book of Psalms

Jan.    26, 2017 Read: Introduction to Psalms                                  

Feb.   09, 2017 Read: Discuss Introduction to Psalms        

           16, 2017 Read: Discuss Introduction to Psalms                      

           23, 2017 Read: Presentation of Research  

Mar.   02, 2017 Read: Presentation of Research                                       

           09, 2017 Read: Presentation of Research                                                    

           16, 2017 Read: Discuss Types of Psalms

           23, 2017 Read: Discuss Theology Introduction of Psalm    

           30, 2017 Read: Discuss Theology Major Themes

Apr.   06, 2017 Read: Discuss Theology Summary

           13, 2017 Read: Discuss Messianic Import Theology        

           20, 2017 Read: Discuss Christian Value in Studying Psalms      

           27, 2017 Read: Discuss Personal Experience in studying Psalms  

May.  04, 2017 Read: Compare Praise and Prayer in Psalms

           08, 2017 Read: Open


Growing in Grace:

Get a Grip on the Songs of Grace

The Hartford Institute of Biblical Studies cordially invites you to join a study group that will meet on Friday, November 17th and Friday, December 2nd in the Charles Hill Chapel. This class offers a simplified approach to practicing your faith and Christian service.

Are you satisfied with your understanding of the amazing gift of grace ? Do you have unanswered questions about grace such as “can you fall from grace or how do you grow in grace? Please join us as we seek  to get a “Grip on Grace by studying  the Songs of Grace.

Instructors:  Deacon Justine Lofton and Rev. Dr. LaVerne Bostic


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Module Title Date Time
Ministry to the Dying and Their Family and Friends 1/27 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Caring for People before, during and after Hospitalization 2/16 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ministering to Those Experiencing Losses Related to Aging 3/16 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ministering to Persons needing Long-Term Care 4/20 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce 5/04 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Crises of Pregnancy and Childbirth 6/15 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Providing Spiritual Care 9/22 6:00 – 8:00 PM


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January 24, 2015 9:00 – 5:00 PM Fellowship Hall
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Date Time Meeting Place Instructor
Mondays, Feb thru May 25, 2015 6:45 – 8:00 PM Chapel Rev. Peter Hart