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

Psalm 2 The King's Prayer: The Foundation for Intercessory Prayer

Small Group Leader Notes on the Psalms

Book of Psalms The Past, Present, and Future of the House of David

Psalm 1 The Way of Life and the Way of Death

Psalm 2 The Way of the King and the Way Against Him

Psalm 3 & 4 Morning and Evening Prayer

Psalm 7 Judge Me According to My Righteousness?

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 37 God's Goodness and the Problem of Evil

Psalm 52 Praying for a Betrayer

Psalm 56 A Cry for Deliverance

Psalm 57 When You See Evil Starting to Be Undone

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

The Heir of David: A Thematic and Canonical Analysis of the Writings

Hope Filled Full, Part Three:  The New Testament and the Hopes of the Psalms

The Structure of the Psalms: The Past, Present, and Future of the House of David 

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)


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