The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intimacy, they are unrivaled in all of Scripture. How to Read the Psalms has ratings and 31 reviews. The Psalms possess an enduring fascination for us. For frankness, directness, intensity and intima. No wonder Christians have used the Psalms in worship from the earliest times to the How to Read the Psalms () by Tremper Longman III.

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This is a good little book. It’s a good series over all.

I also like the lsalms on Genesis and Proverbs by Longman as well. The book, divided into three parts, begins with an invitation to study the Psalms.

Recalling Calvin’s words that the Psalms are “an anatomy of all the parts of the soul,” Longman urges us to read the Psalms, because they “appeal to the whole person. Chapter two examines the origin, development and use of the Psalms, including some helpful reflection on the titles, authorship, and historical events behind some of the psalms.

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Chapter three investigates key Old Testament themes covenant, law, kingship, blessing and curse, forgiveness etc.

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Chapter four, on the other hand, focuses on “a Christian reading of the Psalms,” thoughtfully exploring how the Psalms relate to Jesus. Longman concludes, that “two errors need to be avoided.

The first is that psaljs neglect a psalm’s original setting. Mirror of the Soul.

How to Read the Psalms

The second part of pwalms book is about “The Art of the Psalms. These are valuable chapters, though a bit more technical than the first five. Part three of the book applies the methodology outlined in the first eight chapters to the study of gremper psalms – Psalms 98 chapter nine69 chapter tenand 30 chapter eleven.

This is a very good book that will help anyone in their reading and study of the Psalms. Longman is a good teacher and writes well.

Brian G. Hedges : How to Read the Psalms by Tremper Longman III (Book Review)

His book is oriented to the thoughtful layperson rather than the academic professional, though the author’s knowledge and expertise in the Psalms are apparent. But the feel of the book is instructive and devotional, rather than dry and technical. In the epilogue, Longman gives trdmper final exhortation, “Go to the Psalms when you are happy and everything seems right with you.


Sing laments to God when your life seems to crumble. When God hears your prayer, don’t forget to thank him for his kindness. When you are frightened, be encouraged by the psalms of confidence.

Heed the psalms of wisdom. Above all, go to the psalms to be honest with God.

If you want to grow in your understanding of this crucial genre of Scripture, or more importantly, go deeper in your personal relationship with the Lord through praying the psalms, How to Read the Psalms is a great place to start.

I highly recommend it. Posted by Brian G.

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