Bible Studies, Messages, Papers
Illuminated manuscript of King David and his musicians from the Bristol Psalter, a Byzantine Psalter written in the 11th century, in Greek. Photo credit: MedievalPOC
bible studies and messages from the anastasis center: psalms
Below are small group leader notes, sermons, and exegetical notes on the Book of Psalms.
We make the best of modern biblical scholarship, along with early Christian exegesis, relevant and practical.
Messages on the Psalms
Small Group Leader Notes on the Psalms
Book of Psalms The Past, Present, and Future of the House of David
Psalm 3 & 4 Morning and Evening Prayer
Psalm 8 Who is the Human Person to You, God?
Psalm 22 Why Have You Forsaken Me to the Gentiles?
Psalm 23 Though I Walk Through the Valley of Death
Psalm 32 The Blessing of Being Forgiven
Psalm 52 Praying for a Betrayer
Psalm 56 A Cry for Deliverance
Psalm 59 Wronged by Those You Still Love
Psalm 107 God's Great Reversal: Return from Exile
Psalm 110 The King God Promised
Psalm 119:1 - 32 Enlarge My Heart
Psalm 139 Being Known by God
Psalm 142 Lord, Be My Refuge
Psalm 144 David's Preparation for Battle
Thematic Study The Theme of Fire in the Psalms (in progress)
Psalms & Samuel Life and Psalms of David
Notes and Essays on the Psalms
Jesus' Cry of Dereliction: Why the Father Did Not Turn Against or Away from the Son this paper examines Jesus' quotation of Psalm 22:1, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' from the cross
Other Books and Articles on the Psalms
Ronald Benun, Evil and the Disruption of Order: A Structural Analysis of the Acrostics in the First Book of Psalms (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 2006) The four alphabetic acrostics in the first book of Psalms (9/10, 25, 34, and 37) are all missing verses beginning with certain letters of the alphabet and have other anomalies as well. Most scholars attribute these problems to errors in transmission and try to solve them through textual emendation. Benun argues that these disruptions are an original feature of these psalms and are placed purposefully as part of a sophisticated literary structure. Note there are four acrostic poems in the fifth book of Psalms also (111, 112, 119, 145).
Mariano Gomez Aranda, Medieval Jewish Exegesis of Psalm 2 (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 2018)