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Contents in Brief Series Preface Preface Abbreviations 1. Appreciating the Poetry 2A. Getting the Big Picture, Part 1 2B. Grasping the Themes, Part 2 3. Preparing for Interpretation 4. Interpreting the Categories 5. Proclaiming the Psalms 6. Practicing the Principles Glossary Contents Series Preface Preface Abbreviations 1. Appreciating the Poetry Analyzing the Parts The Line The Strophe The Stanza Penetrating the Parallelism What Is Parallelism? Correspondence Correspondence in Grammar Correspondence in Meaning How Does Parallelism Work? An Older Understanding A New Understanding Seeing the Pictures Images Touch the Emotions and Engage the Mind Images Are Pictures of Concrete Actions or Things Images Work by Creating Associations Images Can Have Multiple Meanings Images Need to Be Analyzed Following the Patterns Linear Pattern Parallel Pattern Symmetrical Pattern Excursus: Mythopoeic Imagery 2A. Getting the Big Picture, Part 1 The Purpose of the Psalms Instruction Instruction for Happiness Instruction for Holiness The Message of the Psalms Our God Is King Our Destiny Is Glory Our King Is Coming 2B. Grasping the Themes, Part 2 The Lord Is Our Refuge The Significance of the Refuge Metaphor The Relationship between Refuge and Kingship The Nations Will Be Blessed Blessing for the Nations in Book 2 (Pss. 42/72) Blessing for the Nations in Book 3 (Pss. 73/89) Blessing for the Nations in Book 4 (Pss. 90/106) Blessing for the Nations in Book 5 (Pss. 107/145) Blessing for the Nations in the Final Doxology (Pss. 146/150) 3. Preparing for Interpretation The Role of History The Historical Setting of a Psalm The Timelessness of the Psalms The Historical Setting of the Psalms The State of the Text The Nature of the Text The Need for Text Criticism The Nature of Text Criticism The Contribution of Others Introductions Poetry Shape Theology Categories Proclamation Commentaries 4. Interpreting the Categories What Are Categories? Why Are Categories Important? Categories Guide Our Expectations Categories Provide Another Level of Context What Are the Basic Categories? Hymns Laments Songs of Thanksgiving Songs of Confidence Divine Kingship Songs Wisdom Songs What Do the Categories Have to Do with Christ? Christ and Our Hymns Christ and Our Laments Christ and Our Songs of Thanksgiving Christ and Our Songs of Confidence Christ and Our Divine Kingship Songs Christ and Our Wisdom Songs Excursus: The Royal Psalms 5. Proclaiming the Psalms Step 1: Getting Oriented Reading the Text Asking the Questions Step 2: Focusing on the Details Parallelism Imagery Step 3: Shaping Your Presentation Outlining: The Approach Outlining: The Logic Outlining: The Language Step 4: Reflecting on Your Text and Life Ask the Big Question Ask the Covenant Questions 6. Practicing the Principles Step 1: Getting Oriented Step 2: Focusing on the Details Verses 1/2 Verses 3/9 Verses 10/11 Step 3: Shaping Your Presentation Exegesis Exposition Step 4: Reflecting on Your Text and Life What Are Your Listeners to Believe? What Are Your Listeners to Feel? What Are Your Listeners to Do? Glossary
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Bible. O.T. Psalms -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.