The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intimacy, they are unrivaled in all of Scripture. How to Read the Psalms has ratings and 31 reviews. The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intima. No wonder Christians have used the Psalms in worship from the earliest times to the How to Read the Psalms () by Tremper Longman III.

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Otherwise frustratingly repetitive; good insights obscured by a lot of shallow, obvious material; and mediocre, uninspiring prose. Their poetry is unfamiliar in form. Return to Book Page. I’m still working I loved this book. Couple that with the fact that we are far removed from the Psalmists context, understanding the Psalms te be daunting. If the reader has never been exposed to this kind of material before then it’s a somewhat helpful book.

In which way they constitute the heart of the Old Testament.

Book Review: How To Read The Psalms by Tremper Longman III – Pastor Dave Online

While “How to Read the Psalms” is not an exhaustive introduction to the Psalms, the topics covered here are practical and provide the reader with just enough of a lens to begin examing God’s Word more carefully without getting bogged down in endless lists and examples of poetic devices one will encounter.

But it is helpful in that he gives us a clear, clean, picture of the approach at the end without all the discussion and explanation to break it up. It is frustrating because, though there are a few short demonstrations, there is no overall outworking of his principles piece by piece as we go through each new chapter.


But the feel of the book is instructive and devotional, rather than dry and technical. My library Help Advanced Book Search. How to Read 5 books. It’s a good series over all.

Book Review: How To Read The Psalms by Tremper Longman III

Posted by Brian G. In trekper epilogue, Longman gives this final exhortation, “Go to the Psalms when you are happy and everything seems right with you. Oct 15, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: But longmxn definitely end there, indeed all the longing and yearning that is contained in the Psalms is all meant to point to Christ, the end and realization of all longing and yearning. Longman concludes, that “two errors need to be avoided.

The Art of the Psalms. Nov 07, Lindsey rated it liked it. It helps you to learn to identify genres, which in turn, helps you to better understand what you are reading.

While parts of this book are truly fascinating and helped me understand more of the “why” behind the psalms, much of it is like reading a graduate-level paper for an English class–analyzing the psalms like one would a poem. Likewise, his discussion of imagery in the Psalms serves to introduce us to the concept more than to provide us with specific examples and technical approaches to interpretation. Mirror of the Soul.

The book has a lot of exercises and is practical. Want to Read saving….

For pastor and layperson alike, Dr. Part three of the book applies the methodology outlined in the first eight chapters to the study of three psalms – Psalms 98 chapter nine69 chapter tenand 30 chapter eleven. The Genres of the Psalms. Clear, practical and brief. Chapter three investigates key Old Testament themes covenant, law, kingship, blessing and curse, forgiveness etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Unlike more academic works which deal with the interpretive process for means of communicating the ideas Longman points out how the interpretive process is primarily engaged in communicating ideas for effecting change.

Their Origin, development and use. Longman is an informed and well-spoken helmsman. A quick little introduction that covers expected bases – genres, far too brief history of interpretation, and techniques of Hebrew poetry.

How to Read the Psalms

He also covers different types of psalms. To prevent any lost readers, however, Longman blends explanation of the technique with real examples from the Psalms for illustrative purposes.

Helpful guide to interpretation, but very introductory and a bit dated. Then he looks at how Christians can appropriate their message and insights today. No trivia or quizzes yet. Also included is a helpful guide to commentaries on the Psalms.

Quotes from How to Read the P He defends this particular position by highlighting other parts of Scripture where the Psalms were used this way, citing 1 Chronicles Somehow the psalmists seem to have anticipated all our awe, desires and frustrations.

Longman points out how Jesus argued that the whole purpose of the Old Testament was to point towards Him and so even the Psalms are about Jesus I highly recommend it. Yet tremler Psalms cause us difficulties when we look at them closely. No wonder Christians have used the Psalms in worship from the trenper times to the present. References to this book Comparative discourse analysis and the translation of Psalm 22 in Chichewa A very helpful book about trepmer Psalms.