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)
- 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?
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.
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?
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?
- 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