Arcing the Psalms

The Theology of Biblical Poetry

Arc or Bracket through the five most quoted psalms in the New Testament, learning to discover the rich theology that they contain.

Note: This course was originally presented LIVE in the Spring of 2023. It is now available as a self-paced course with feedback from a coach and key video clips from the live class times.
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This course guides you through the study of Biblical Poetry. We will consider the figurative elements and forms of speech, along with the flow and structure of the text, to unlock treasures in God’s word—one proposition at a time. The most quoted psalms have been chosen for the focus of this course (Psalm 8, 22, 69, 110, 118) and will be examined via interactive lectures and thoughtful feedback on Arcing/Bracketing assignments.

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This study aims to accomplish the following objectives:
  1. To equip students with the knowledge and skill to arc/bracket OT poetry faithfully.
  2. To guide students to discover the logical flow and main point of each psalm we cover.
  3. To help students grow in understanding how to read and discern the theological significance of biblical poetry.
  4. To stir students delight in the glory of God's word, particularly in the psalms.


  1. Create an initial arc or bracket and work through the key issues of the text. (About two hours of work.)
  2. Watch key clips from the live discussion and view the instructor’s work. (One hour.)
  3. Make any changes to your arc/bracket, if desired, and ask your coach outstanding questions. (About one hour.)

Am I ready for this course?

Students should come to this course with a basic skill and knowledge of the Bible study method of Arcing or Bracketing. Students may gain such understanding via Biblearc’s Arcing and Bracketing Path Courses.