Monday, June 8, 2015

Navigating the Psalter: The GPTS Summer Institute


Register now for the August 3-7 Greenville Seminary Summer Institute mapping out the "Flow of the Psalms."

The Institute will focus on understanding and preaching the richness of the Book of Psalms. Do you find it difficult to grasp any sense of order in the Psalter? Have trouble locating the right psalm for a particular need? Since the time of Augustine until today, the Psalms have been read as individually wrapped treasures that stand alone rather than having inner connections within the book as a whole.

The Institute is designed to provide those in church leadership with an opportunity for instruction in key areas of ministry and on topics of unique and timely interest. Pastors may find it useful for satisfying requirements for continuing education. For laymen, it serves as a special opportunity for enrichment in their spiritual and intellectual lives. The annual five-day seminar also offers participants a time of inspirational fellowship with other serious Christians in a seminary setting.

The Institute will provide an in-depth look at "The Flow of the Psalms," with teaching by Dr. O. Palmer Robertson, Aug. 3-7 at the seminary. This week-long seminar is an expanded version of a lecture presented by Dr. Robertson prior to our 2014 Spring Theology Conference. Dr. Palmer's lectures will take place during the morning sessions daily; during the afternoon sessions, Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and Dr. Michael Morales will be lecturing on Preaching the Psalms. Pastors attending will be given the opportunity to submit sermons on the Psalms for critiquing.

The Flow of the Psalms explores the fascinating structures of psalm groupings that will enable you to place as many as 80 per cent of the psalms in their relationship to the whole of the book. Discovering groupings that feature psalms celebrating creation, psalms of corporate praise, psalms of the innocent sufferer, psalms of the guilty sufferer, psalms anticipating prosperity and long life, psalms of personal and national disaster, will enable you to “find your way” to the right psalm for a specific occasion. Understanding these inherent connections can only enrich the understanding of each individual psalm.

Throughout the whole, the promised Messiah and his universal reign provide a unifying focus. Charts displaying the structure inherent in each of the five Books of the Psalter make it possible to visualize the progression in redemptive truth from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.

Registration is now available on the GPTS web siteYou may also register by phoning (864) 322-2717 ext. 302. Tuition for the Summer Institute is $225. Please register by Friday, June 26th. After June 26th, a $25 late registration fee will be applied. Take $25 off of additional registrations, should others in your church register to attend with you.

GPTS students who want to take the course for graduate level (MDiv) credit must register by May 8th. Non-GPTS students who want to register for credit must do so by June 26th. Pastors who take the course are eligible for 30 continuing education units.

Download a brochure (PDF) here for information on lodging and more.


Book Note

Books of interest in connection with the Summer Institute make be found here at the seminary's online bookshop.




Summer Theology Course




The GPTS Summer Program also includes an elective course on the Septuagint. The course will be taught on July 20, 22, 24, 27, and 29. Prerequisites for this class taught by Dr. Sidney Dyer, GPTS professor of Greek and New Testament, are Beginning Greek II and Hebrew II. The course is an introduction to the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the Septuagint. Special emphasis is upon the use of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers. The course is highly recommended for those pursuing Th.M. and Th.D. degrees.

Tuition and fees are $428. The class may be audited for $60. To register, contact the Registrar's Office at 864-322-2717 ext 302 or email registrar@gpts.edu.