How Should Christians Read the Psalms?

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How should Christians read the Psalms? In this video, Dr. Brent A. Strawn explains the nature of Psalms as poetry in hopes of providing a Christian way of engaging this rich spiritual resource.

He reminds us to slow down, observe features like parallelism, metaphor and imagery, and remember that each psalm is only a snapshot and doesn’t always provide a comprehensive view of God and the world.

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Dr. Brent A. Strawn is Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology. He has a special interest in ancient Near Eastern iconography, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite religion, comparative Semitic philology, legal traditions of the Old Testament, and Old Testament theology.