Poetry appeals more directly to the whole person . . .

Posted by tom | Mar 6, 2012

Poetry appeals more directly to the whole person than prose does. It stimulates our imaginations, arouses our emotions, feeds our intellects and addresses our wills. Perhaps this is why poetry is the preferred mode of communication of the prophets, whose purpose depends on capturing the attention of the listeners and persuading them their message is urgent. -- Tremper Longman III. How to Read the Psalms. InterVarsity Press: 1988, p.92.*

How to Read the Psalms

As you may have guessed the class on Old Testament Historical and Poetic Books (David Dorsey, Evangelical) has brought me back to the Book of Psalms. At present I'm working on a paper proposal which will dig into Psalm 139 AND I can't wait to get started! I'm going to focus on Psalm 139:13-16.

 13 For you created my inmost being; 
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
   your works are wonderful, 
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you 
   when I was made in the secret place, 
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book 
   before one of them came to be.

*Note: if you're interested in discussing the material with me (possibly even reading How to Read the Psalms alongside me), please drop me a message. For a post from when I read Longman's book in the fall for a class on the Psalms, also with Dorsey, click here.

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