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Adult Forum

September 10 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

The Psalms in Christian History, presented by Philip Jenkins

In all the liturgically-oriented churches (like our own St Andrew’s) every service includes at least some portion of the Psalms. Jesus often quoted the Psalms, and in turn the Psalms shaped the most basic Christian theology. Throughout Christian (and Jewish) history, Psalms have been very frequently used for prayer and devotion, and they have influenced mainstream culture. But what are the Psalms? Where did they come from? Why have they been so completely indispensable to Christian life and thought?

On September 10, Philip Jenkins will introduce the Psalms, in the first of what will be an occasional series of forums and conversations over the coming year. Some of this work grows out of his most recent book He Will Save You from the Deadly Pestilence: The Many Lives of Psalm 91. That book, incidentally, traces the many uses of one particular psalm, through the many leading cultural figures who so venerated it. That would include, for example, St. Jerome, St Benedict, St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and, more recently, Jerry Garcia, Chuck Norris, and Sinéad O’Connor. No, really.



September 10
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
208 West Foster Avenue
State College PA 16801
ph. (814) 237-7659