Poetry appeals more directly to the whole person . . . Part II

Posted by tom | Mar 7, 2012

Yesterday, I shared a quote from Tremper Longman III* on Poetry appeals more directly to the whole person . . . 

How to Read the Psalms

To emphasize the power of poetry in storytelling, Longman contrasts Exodus 14:26-31 with Exodus 15:1-5. Quite a difference . . .

Exodus 14:26-31

26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

 29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Exodus 15

The Song of Moses and Miriam

 1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD:

   “I will sing to the LORD, 
   for he is highly exalted. 
Both horse and driver 
   he has hurled into the sea.

 2 “The LORD is my strength and my defense; 
   he has become my salvation. 
He is my God, and I will praise him, 
   my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 
3 The LORD is a warrior; 
   the LORD is his name. 
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army 
   he has hurled into the sea. 
The best of Pharaoh’s officers 
   are drowned in the Red Sea.
5 The deep waters have covered them; 
   they sank to the depths like a stone.

*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.

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