Discussion Prompt: How Should We Then Suffer?The Hebrew name for the book of Psalms isTehillim, or Praises. Perhaps this is what we might expect from a book that concludes its very final chapter, Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!! (Ps 150:6, English Standard Version). It often strikes modern readers as shocking when they find out the single most prolific genre in the Psalter is lament. A lament is basically an expression of woe, a realistic examination of the writers tough situation and a raw depiction of the authors desperation. And get this: This is the liturgical book of Israel! They sang these songs, often in corporate worship!With this in mind, answer the following questions:
Why do you suppose there are more laments than anything else in a book titled Praises?
How do the expressions of lament in the Psalms differ from modern expressions of laments, even from your own laments?
Think about your life experience. First, has your background encouraged or discouraged lamenting in your life? Why?
What do you think would be the impact of regularly incorporating lament into your life? What would it look like? What might be some challenges
session 3 part2
Session 3 Genre HandbookThe structure of this assignment is flexible. You may write a paper, construct an outline, create a slide show, or involve any other medium that can effectively communicate the content.Read the following:
Take the four OT texts listed above and do the following for each:
Part 1: With help from our Longman textbook, identify the genre of the passage.
Part 2: With further help from Longman and the lecture, identify how the genre impacts the way we should interpret the text.
Part 3: Provide a robust interpretation of the passage, answering the following:
What is the passage saying?
Who is it addressing?
What is the main point?
Summarize the passage in one sentence.
Part 4: Provide an application for the passage. What should a person do as a result of this text?
Submit your four-part assignment as a single file to the appropriate submission area.Assignment Requirements:A paper should be 3-4 pages, double spaced; a PowerPoint Presentation should be 8-10 slides (with either written presentation notes or a voiceover of you presenting your presentation); an outline should be 2-3 pages, single spaced; other mediums should be equivalent length.
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