Review Questions For The Introduction
 to the Psalms
1) According to Ro 15:4, why was the Old Testament written?
   - For our learning
   - That through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures we might have hope
2) According to 1Co 10:11, why were the events in Old Testament times    recorded?
   - For our admonition
3) As Paul reminded Timothy, of what value were the Scriptures (Old Testament) he had learned as a child? (cf. 2Ti 3:14-15)
   - They were able to make him wise regarding the salvation through faith in Christ Jesus
4) What is Scripture profitable for, including the Old Testament? (cf. 2Ti 3:16-17)
   - Doctrine
   - Reproof
   - Correction
   - Instruction in righteousness
   - To make the man of God complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work
5) What three Scriptures teach Christians to utilize the Psalms?
   Ep 5:19Col 3:16Jm 5:13
6) What are the Psalms capable of serving for the Christian?
   - As the Christian's "hymnal"
   - As the Christian's "prayer book"
   - As the Christian's "book of evidence"
   - As the Christian's "training guide" for living holy and righteous lives
7) What will be the aim of this study in the Psalms?
   - To become more familiar with Old Testament poetry
   - To develop an appreciation and working knowledge of the Psalms
   - To glean a clearer picture of God's character
   - To learn more of the Christ in prophecy
   - To consider examples of fulfilled prophecies
8) What three characteristics of Hebrew poetry were pointed out in this introduction?
   - The use of "thought rhyme"
   - The lack of poetic rhythm
   - The use of figurative expression
9) List the five different types of "parallelism" described in this study.
   - Synonymous
   - Antithetical
   - Synthetic
   - Progressive
   - Introverted
10) What was the original meaning of the word "psalm"?
   - To pluck
11) In New Testament worship, what is the instrument upon which melody is to be played? (cf. Ep 5:19)
   - The heart
12) Who wrote some of the earliest Psalms?
   - Moses
13) When did the writing of Psalms reach its peak?
   - During the time of David
14) List some of the authors who penned the Psalms in our Bible.
   - David (73), Asaph (12), the sons of Korah (12), Solomon (2), Moses (1), Heman (1), Ethan (1), anonymous (48)
15) List different "groups" into which the Psalms can be placed.
   - Alphabetic (Acrostic), Ethical, Hallelujah, Historical, Imprecatory, Messianic, Penitential, Songs of Ascent (Degrees), Suffering, Thanksgiving
16) List the different "styles" of the Psalms.
   - Didactic, Liturgical, Meditation, Praise and Devotion, Prayer and Petition
17) What are the 3 “rhythms of life depicted in the Psalms as describe by Walter Brueggemann?
18) List examples of Orientation?
  • Creation – in which we consider the world and our place in it
  • Torah – in which we consider the importance of God’s revealed will
  • Wisdom – in which we consider the importance of living well
  • Narrative – in which we consider our past and its influence on our present
  • Psalms of Trust – in which we express our trust in God’s care and goodness

    19) List example of Disorientation.

  • Lament – in which we/I express anger, frustration, confusion about the experience of God’s absence (both communal and individual laments)
  • Penitential – in which we/I express regret and sorrow over wrongs we have done (both communal and individual penitential psalms)

    20) List examples of Reorientation and New Orientation?

  • Thanksgiving – in which we thank God for what God has done for us/me (both communal and individual thanksgiving psalms)
  • Hymns of Praise – in which we praise God for who God is
  • Zion Psalms – in which we praise God for our home
  • Royal Psalms – in which we consider the role of political leadership
  • Covenant Renewal – in which we renew our relationship with God