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How to Read the Psalms

How to Read the Psalms

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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.

Here is a book for all those who long to better understand these mirrors of the soul. 166 pages, from IVP.


- Publisher Tremper Longman III describes different types of psalms, explains how they were used in Hebrew worship and shows how they relate to other Scripture.

- Publisher

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About "How to Read the Psalms"

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.

Here is a book for all those who long to better understand these mirrors of the soul. 166 pages, from IVP.

- Publisher

Tremper Longman III describes different types of psalms, explains how they were used in Hebrew worship and shows how they relate to other Scripture.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Tremper Longman (Iii)

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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Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: An Invitation To The Psalms
  • part I: The Psalms Then And Now
  • 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
  • part Ii: The Art Of The Psalms
  • 6. Old Testament Poetry
  • 7. Understanding Parallelism
  • 8. Imagery In The Psalms
  • part Iii: A Melody Of Psalms
  • 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!
  • Epilog
  • Notes
  • Answers To The Exercises
  • Guide To Commentaries

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academically strong and devotionally warm
5 stars By Steve N, Oct 31 2015
The book of Psalms has been called a complete anatomy of the human soul. And this book is a great guide to both the Book of Psalms, and in turn our own hearts. As I read it, often put the book down to pray through what I'd learned, to praise God for His grace in Christ, and to thank Him for giving us such a Book as the Psalms to guide us in living with and through so many different circumstances. Tremper Longman in this book has done such a service to anyone wanting to get more into the Psalms. It's a treasure of a book
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5 stars By Stuart, Jul 23 2013
This is Longman's first 'How to' book is his growing series. Psalms is often miss-read, then miss-interpreted and finally, miss-applied. Longman provides the basics for us so that that the chances that the above will occur will be minimised.  The various genres and purposes (uses) of the Psalms are explained in an easy to understand fashion. The first part of the book focuses on 'The Psalms Then and Now', while the second is about 'The Art of the Psalms'. Longman concludes each chapter with some 'further reflection' questions and a list of recommended readings specifically relating to that chapter. Though an introductory how-to-understand guidebook on the Psalms it is, nevertheless, unique for what it achieves for the reader, in there understanding of the Psalms. 
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 45256
  • Product Code 0877849412
  • EAN 9780877849414
  • Pages 166
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Psalms
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Aug 1988
  • Sales Rank #8996
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.200kg

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