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How to Read the Psalms (How to Read Series) Paperback – August 20, 1988
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Part one of the book focuses on "The Psalms Then and Now." The first chapter discusses the genres of the Psalms, dividing the psalms into seven types: the hymn, the lament, thanksgiving psalms, psalms of confidence, psalms of remembrance, wisdom psalms, and kingship (or royal) psalms. Chapter two examines the origin, development and use of the Psalms, including some helpful reflection on the titles, authorship, and historical events behind some of the psalms. Chapter three investigates key Old Testament themes (covenant, law, kingship, blessing and curse, forgiveness etc.) with the assertion that the Psalms are "the heart of the Old Testament," a "microcosm" of the Old Testament's message and theology. Chapter four, on the other hand, focuses on "a Christian reading of the Psalms," thoughtfully exploring how the Psalms relate to Jesus. Longman concludes, that "two errors need to be avoided. The first is that we neglect a psalm's original setting . . . the second . . . is to miss the anticipation, the expectation of the Psalms." The fifth chapter is my favorite: "The Psalms: Mirror of the Soul." In this chapter, Longman discusses how the Psalms function in our lives to inform our intellect, arouse our emotions, and direct our wills.Read more ›
Tremper Long is a great teacher. Perhaps you already know that Halleluyah, or Hallelu Yah(weh) means Praise the Lord in Hebrew. It' a tidbit that makes this How To book ever so readable.
If Psalms is your favorite book of the Bible, read "How to Read the Psalms" in order to gain greater appreciation for them.
If unfamiliar with most of the Psalms read "How to Read the Psalms" in order to gain appreciation for the book in the middle of the Bible, which is referenced -everywhere--more than any other in the Bible.
I repeat the fact that this is a book for lay readers. It is fine for solitary reading, but with its exercises and references, it is also excellent for a lay Bible study class of between 10 and 12 weeks or over a two week period as an `Adult Vacation Bible School'.
The book is divided into three parts, dealing with 1) the Psalms' genres, how they were used in their original settings, and how they may be used today; 2) the poetic elements of the Psalms, primarily their use of parallelism and imagery (metaphor and simile); and a study of three basically different types of Psalms.
While this is a book for lay readers, it makes very few compromises. It is not a `Psalms for Dummies'. Often, references are made to the difficulties in translating Hebrew words used in the Psalms. For someone just beginning to come to grips with New Testament Greek, this is a challenge; however none of the author's points rely on any knowledge of Hebrew whatsoever.
The author's comments for further reading are excellent, as far as they go for a book published in 1988.Read more ›
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I received the last copy right of the text. The book was okayed by my instructor, not the same shown when I ordered it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to navigate through the chapters in both books. The way in which it was written held this readers interest level. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Naomi F. Chavez
I got lost after the first page. This is for a Bible student or someone more knowledgeable about the Psalms. Thought it would be easy reading. I was wrong.Published 18 months ago by jrm4cbm
Generally, this was a really great in depth study of Psalms. It brought to light some important background and understanding of the history and development of the book of Psalms. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christian Fisher
I found Longman's book on the Psalms to be very helpful and useful. It will provide the serious student and the novice with great insight and thoughtful guidance as they study... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Tim Riordan
This book is very helpful for understanding the different types of Psalms and how to understand their nuances. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book gives you the tools necessary for personal study of the psalms. Topics covered are how the psalms were used and may be used today, poetic devices in the psalms and how to... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by CLarr
I found How to Read the Psalms an easy to read, yet informative book. His introductions are straight forward and clear without the use of overly technical jargon. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Living in Asia