The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intimacy, they are unrivaled 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. 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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Review 1 for How to Read the Psalms
Date:October 18, 2012
It was great for my bible college class on the poetic books of the Bible.
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Review 2 for How to Read the Psalms
Date:May 26, 2010
This was surprisingly easy to read for a book that is used as a textbook in seminary. It does a wonderful job of explaining some of the characteristics of different Psalms, how to read them and to understand them. It could probably be easily used in a Bible Study or Adult Sunday School class setting. It really opened up the Psalms to me.
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Review 3 for How to Read the Psalms
Date:March 1, 2008
This is an interesting and thoughtful introduction to understanding and using the psalms. I would highly recommend it.