Psalms and Proverbs are wells of refreshment and spiritual encouragement for Christians. Few biblical books include so many memorable passages or deliver such penetrating spiritual insight in just a few poetic lines.
But learning to properly read and interpret these books isn’t as straightforward as it seems. In fact, the beauty of their language and the familiarity of their content can lead us into any number of interpretive pitfalls: cherry-picking verses, interpreting out of context, or ignoring their place within the canon and the trajectory of redemptive history.
What’s more, a closer look at those familiar passages (“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”; “Blessed is the man who does not walk with the wicked”; take your pick . . .) can yield far more powerful discoveries than a cursory glance could ever afford.
But to to truly uncover the riches these familiar books, we must do something more radical than simply spending more time with them, or reading yet another commentary passage.
We need to go back to the beginning. We need to learn again how to read them.
(Re)Learn how to read Psalms & Proverbs
Tremper Longman provides the guides we need with How to Read Psalms and How to Read Proverbs. (You can get both for just $1.99 through December). These introductions to interpreting those precious biblical books are not just for the novice. They’re perfect for anyone—especially if you already know the books well. Using the tools Longman provides in these pages, you’ll discover new insights that were waiting beneath the surface of biblical passages you’ve handled for years.
In How to Read Proverbs, Longman provides a welcome guide to reading and studying, as well as understanding and savoring the Proverbs for all their wisdom. While many proverbs speak to us directly, we can gain much greater insight by studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, understanding its relationship to ancient non-Israelite wisdom, and listening to its conversation with the other great voices of wisdom in Scripture—Job and Ecclesiastes.
And in How to Read Psalms, Longman helps us overcome the distance between the psalmists’ world and ours. He explains the various kinds of psalms, the way they were used in Hebrew worship, and their relationship to the rest of the Old Testament. He looks at how Christians can appropriate their messages and insights today. He explains the use of parallelism and imagery.
Above all, Longman helps you see two of your favorite books “again for the first time.” Armed with the interpretive tools he provides, you’ll be reminded of what you already knew: Psalms and Proverbs are a wellspring that will forever return spiritual refreshment to those willing to read them rightly.
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