Encountering God in the Psalms
"Michael Travers has planted a refreshingly God-centered and application -oriented book in the landscape of Psalms studies. His purpose in writing is devotional -- to challenge the reader to know and love God more and to apply the Psalms in...
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"Michael Travers has planted a refreshingly God-centered and application -oriented book in the landscape of Psalms studies. His purpose in writing is devotional -- to challenge the reader to know and love God more and to apply the Psalms in daily life. Although the work is devotional in nature, Travers has not omitted scholarship. He examines the major features of the study of Hebrew poetry: communicated experience, terseness/intensity, parallelisms, macro/micro structures, and figures of speech (simile, metaphor, image, symbol, personification, metonymy, and synecdoche). These features are critical for understanding the message of the Psalms. As an English professor, Travers has sophisticatedly supplemented the work with poems from non-canonical authors (e.g. Milton, Tennyson) when appropriate. The title of the book is true to its substance."
A fresh in-depth study of the picturesque poetry of the Psalms—focusing on the character and actions of God in every psalm. The poetic beauty of every psalm, provides us with windows into the character of God. These unique encounters with God Himself have made Psalms the most beloved book in the Bible as believers have discovered who God is how He works.
Written to encourage Christians to read the Psalms as they were written—as inspired poems—this book by an expert in this field will help readers gain new insights into the familiar territory of Psalms and discover attributes of God as revealed through each poem.
Unique approach to studying Psalms by an expert in the field Uses a God-centered study approach Provides an insightful strategy for reading and interpreting the poetic structure of Psalms Each study contains inspiring thoughts and practical suggestions Includes an appendix listing the attributes of God revealed in the Psalms
Michael E. Travers (Ph.D., Michigan State University) specializes in poetry and teaches English at Southeastern College at Wake Forest, a division of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.