Adult Forum Class: Profound and Puzzling, Inspiring and Distant:  The Poetry and Theologies of the Psalms Today


The Biblical book of Psalms contains some of the most beloved and meaningful lines in Scripture, and also some of the most troubling and difficult.  By turns profound and puzzling, the Psalter has informed Christian devotion and worship for millennia.  This fall the Adult Forum will journey through examples of this amazing poetry and explore new ways of looking at how the psalms expressed the life of faith in Biblical times and still do so today.

The class begins on Sunday, September 16th.  Please check back for  additional dates and a more complete synopsis of the course and material.

Dr. Richard Weis is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Lexington Theological Seminary.

Ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1974, and now a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Weis served pastorates in New Jersey and California, and has been parish associate for congregations in New Jersey and Minnesota.  Throughout his subsequent career in theological education, Dr. Weis has been active in regional manifestations of the church, and has been in demand as a teacher and preacher.  While in graduate school he also served as the director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, CA.

Prior to going to Lexington Theological Seminary, Dr. Weis served on the faculties and as Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ (1987-1998) and the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, MN (1998-2011).  At New Brunswick Seminary he taught the introductory course in Old Testament, Hebrew, Hebrew exegesis, and a variety of topical courses including courses on the Prophets, Jeremiah, Feminist/Womanist Interpretation, and the city and the Hebrew Bible.  At United he taught similar courses as well as the basic course introducing students to theological reflection.

Dr. Weis is a scholar of international reputation, specializing in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the study of the book of Jeremiah.  He is the only one of the nine general editors of Biblia Hebraica Quinta from an American institution.  Published by the German Bible Society, this ground-breaking new edition of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament represents a revolutionary advance over previous editions of its type, and will provide the Hebrew text of the Bible used by the next generation of scholars, translators, pastors and students.  In addition to his publications in textual criticism, Weis is immersed in a multi-pronged project on the book of Jeremiah, which ultimately will issue in three separate books: the volume on Jeremiah in Biblia Hebraica Quinta, a commentary on Jeremiah for the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series, and a commentary on the ancient Greek translation of the book for the SBL Septuagint Commentary.