Week 1: What are the Psalms?
Week 2: Psalms of Complaint
Week 3: Hymns
Week 4: Royal Psalms
Week 5: Wisdom Psalms
Week 6: The Human Condition
Week 7: The Character of God
Week 8: The Psalms of Poetry
Psalms of Complaint – Discussion Questions
- What does it say about human life that so many of the psalms are comprised of complaint and lament?
- Theologians discuss “providence,” which explains how God acts in the world (or doesn’t). If we only read the psalms of lament, what understanding of providence would we have?
- Some say that the psalms of lament give us permission to voice our anger at God. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- The psalms are specific in many was but not about the contexts in which they are meant to be used. How does the lack of specificity affect how we use them liturgically or individually?
- Do we have contemporary equivalents to individual psalms of lament? What about communal psalms of lament? If not, should we?
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