Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar

  Convener: AJ Culp      Email convener

The focus of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar event in 2021 is the Book of Psalms. The Psalter has long been the Jewish prayer/song book and is an essential part of Christian Scripture. The aim of our session is to receive and appropriate the Psalms as God’s address. Although we are interested in the interpretation of the Psalter as a whole, we will have a special focus on lament as this kind of psalm presents particular challenges for interpreters today. Our session will include not only Old Testament specialists and theologians but also musicians/artists, the latter producing fresh compositions in different genres (hip hop and concert music) and reflecting with us on the process of casting the psalms of lament in our own contexts. For more information contact A.J. Culp ( or David Beldman ( or visit the Kirby Laing Centre Scripture Collective website (

David Beldman, Redeemer University College, Welcome (5 min)

Opening Liturgy

Susan Bubbers, The Center for Anglican Theology, Liturgy, And Spiritual Formation, Scripture Reading and Prayer (5 min)

Jamie Grant, Highland Theological College
The Hermeneutics of Humanity: Reflections on the Human Origins of Laments (20 min)

Federico Villanueva, Langham Publishing and Loyola School of Theology
Lament as the Heart of the Psalter (20 min)

Break (15 min)

Josh Rodriguez, Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist
Lament and Sacred Contemporary Music (Ps. 88:13–18) (20 min)

Discussion (25 min)

Closing Liturgy