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Psalms of Poetry – Discussion Questions
- How does it affect our reading of the psalms, or any biblical text, to read them as poetry?
- What are the major differences between the aesthetics of the psalm poetry and the conventions we expect of modern poetry? Are there any important similarities?
- How can the poetic structure of the psalms (e.g. parallelism, acrostics) help us to understand them differently?
- The psalms do not claim to be divine revelation; they claim human authorship. Does this affect your relationship to the Book of Psalms? Why or why not?
- Is it important that the psalms be aesthetically pleasing? How are our own aesthetic sensibilities shaped by biblical poetry, and how do we import our own preferences into the biblical text?
- Do you find the instructive psalms more powerful (or useful), or do you prefer the emotive psalms like Psalm 23? Why or why not?