Calling Out from the Depths: Jewish & Christian Interpretations of the Book of Psalms

Program Overview

An Interdisciplinary Exploration for Religious Professionals

Black colored bronze statue of a man bracing himself with an abstract blue background

Sculpture: "Adam: The Glory Departed" by C. Malcolm Powers; Painting: “Your Waterfalls” (Psalm 42:7) by Simon Peter Davis

For centuries, Jews and Christians have turned to the Book of Psalms in times of joy and thanksgiving, and in times of sadness and lament. However, there have been far fewer opportunities for members of these two communities and others to explore these ancient poetic texts together as fellow spiritual seekers. What do we share in common? Where do we differ? How might reading these sources with people with different religious or ideological commitments impact our relationship with the text?

Please join us for this special course for Jewish and Christian professionals in which we will explore the many uses of the Psalms in our various communities, past and present. This unique series offers participants the opportunity to explore a range of spiritual, ethical, and vocational issues in dialogue with fellow professionals from Christian and Jewish communities. This will include attention to strategies for teaching and sharing the materials we study in our communities, including interreligious settings. 

This program was offered in conjunction with the development of "Explore Psalms Teaching and Learning Resources" hosted at Hebrew College.

Topics & Learning Goals



  1. Psalm 22 - Abandonment and Renewal
  2. Psalm 137 - Exile and Remembrance
  3. Psalm 42-43 - Longing for God
  4. Psalm 139 - Known by God

Learning Goals:

It is our intention to create a learning environment in which we explore the following textual and contextual matters:

  • The origins and editing of Sefer Tehillim (The Book of Psalms)
  • The theological and ideological voices of the Psalms
  • Interpretations of Tehillim in various Jewish and Christian contexts
  • Liturgical and pastoral uses of Psalms in various Jewish and Christian contexts
  • Personal reflection about the potential use and meaning of Tehillim today
  • Strategies for teaching the Psalms in different Jewish, Christian, and interreligious settings
  • Constructive dialogue and learning across religious and other lines of difference




Tuesdays: Feb. 8 | Mar. 8 | Apr. 5 | May 10


4:00-6:00 p.m. ET




$200 per semester


This program ran 2021-2022


Andrew R. Davis, Ph.D.

Andrew R. Davis, Ph.D., is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he first discovered his love of ancient languages in Mrs. Ruth Ann Morton’s seventh-grade Latin class. He continued studying Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B.). After a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Oakland) and another year teaching English in Austria, Davis attended the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (M.T.S.) and then pursued doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A., Ph.D.). Research for his dissertation included a year as Kress Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Before coming to Boston College, Davis taught for four years at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.

Rabbi Or Rose

Rabbi Or Rose was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Educated in New York City, Jerusalem, and Boston, he has served in various teaching and administrative capacities at Hebrew College for the last 15 years. In 2016, he became the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, which works with leaders at different stages of their development for service in a diverse society. Rabbi Rose’s research and writing focuses on Jewish spirituality, interreligious engagement, and social justice. Among his publications are My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (co-editor), and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Essential Teachings (co-editor, both volumes from Orbis Books). He is currently working on editing a contemporary commentary on the Psalms featuring multifaith voices (Paraclete Press, 2022).


Calling Out From the Depths is part of a larger project funded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Confraternity of Christian Doctrine awarded to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Miller Center of Hebrew College to develop a curriculum for a course in Jewish-Christian learning based on the Psalms for use in parishes and synagogues.  

More information about the Calling Out From the Depths curriculum


Hebrew College Betty Ann Creenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education