This is an amazing little book that I hadn’t heard of. I stumbled across it in the library, and since it was written by one of my favorite authors, I picked it up. I was very surprised at the insight and depth of this little-spoken-of book.
With the simplicity he is known for wrapped in spiritual truths, Lewis brings the reader’s attention to a new way (actually an old way!) of looking at the Psalms. We often look at this old poetry from the lens of Christ’s sacrifice. But we rarely take the time to consider the Jewish perspective at the time they were written.
This is a great book that helps its readers to gain a new angle with which to read the Psalms. Lewis particularly focuses on the fact that the Psalms were written by fallible, sinful men who were not completely sanctified. They were still being made perfect, but even through their cursing others and their self-righteous attitudes there are lessons to take away. If there weren’t, the Lord wouldn’t have preserved it for His people.
This marvelous little book is very insightful, and it was a delight to read. If you want to learn more about the Psalms, this is the perfect book for you. You will learn to see the Psalms is a new context, one that was just as biblical in its own time. It will help you to consider it from a Jewish point of view and will even give you information on the journey of mankind from Judaism to Christianity.
I benefited from reading this book. This is about a Christian interpretation of the psalms but also about interpretation of scripture as well. As I write this I am unsure where I stand with regards to religion and scriptures, I've moved away from what I believed as a child and teenager. I no longer "know" the "truth". The issues with canon have given me real pause. If you feel similarly, I strongly encourage you to read this book. Not because it has the "truth" but because it is one of the most complete and adult ways of viewing scripture that I have seen. Lewis does not shy from the hard questions and does not offer the naive edited view of the psalms that I've often seen. The book flows...perfectly. The chapters are short, but full of meaning. I read about a chapter a day over my morning coffee and consider it the best book I've read in some time.
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