How to Read the Psalms (How To Read Series)
The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intimacy, they are unrivalled in all of Scripture. Somehow the psalmists seem to have anticipated all our awe, desires and frustrations. No wonder Christians have used the...
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The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intimacy, they are unrivalled in all of Scripture. Somehow the psalmists seem to have anticipated all our awe, desires and frustrations. No wonder Christians have used the Psalms in worship from the earliest times to the present.
Yet the Psalms cause us difficulties when we look at them closely. Their poetry is unfamiliar in form. Many images they use are foreign to us today. And the psalmists sometimes express thoughts that seem unworthy of Scripture.
Tremper Longman gives us the kind of help we need to overcome the distance between the psalmists' world and ours. He explains the various kinds of psalms, the way they were used in Hebrew worship and their relationship to the rest of the Old Testament. Then he looks at how Christians can appropriate their message and insights today. Turning to the art of Old Testament poetry, he explains the use of parallelism and imagery.
Step-by-step suggestions for interpreting the Psalms on our own are followed by exercises for further study and reflection. Also included is a helpful guide to commentaries on the Psalms.
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Tremper Longman III describes different types of psalms, explains how they were used in Hebrew worship and shows how they relate to other Scripture.
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary.
He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job and Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms); Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel (New Internatuional Version Application Commentary), Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament/ Cornerstone Commentary).
Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis; How to Read the Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Exodus and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies; The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
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- Introduction: An Invitation To The Psalms
- <strong>part I: The Psalms Then And Now</strong>
- 1. The Genres Of The Psalms
- 2. The Origin, Development And Use Of The Psalms
- 3. The Psalms: The Heart Of The Old Testament
- 4. A Christian Reading Of The Psalms
- 5. The Psalms: Mirror Of The Soul
- <strong>part Ii: The Art Of The Psalms</strong>
- 6. Old Testament Poetry
- 7. Understanding Parallelism
- 8. Imagery In The Psalms
- <strong>part Iii: A Melody Of Psalms</strong>
- 9. Psalm 98: Let All The Earth Praise God, Our Warrior
- 10. Psalm 69: Lord, I Suffer For Your Sake
- 11. Psalm 30: Thank You, Lord, For Healing Me!
- Answers To The Exercises
- Guide To Commentaries