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Brief notes about the Psalms, their authorship, occasions of writing, aspects of their composition (for example poetic and musical format).

Some features of Hebrew poetry in Psalms (2)

Acrosticism: Psalm 119 is the great example of this – (verses 1-8 begin with aleph) (verses 9-16 begin with beth) and so on through all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalms 9, 34, 37 also take this form. Advertisements

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The ‘Messianic’ Psalms

Seventeen Psalms are accepted as specifically ‘Messianic’; that is they add to our understanding of Jesus’ as the Messiah. In Psalms 8:4-8; 72:6-17; 89:3-4, 28-29, 34-36; 109:6-19; 118:22; 132:11-12, Jesus as the Christ is referred to in the third person. … Continue reading

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The ‘Hallel’ (Hebrew-‘praise’) Psalms.

The Hallel psalms are found in three separate collections: the “Egyptian Hallel” (113-118) the “Great Hallel” (120-136) and the ‘Concluding Hallel’ (146-150) They had a significant part in the “praise” (Heb. hallel) of the Lord. The Egyptian & Great Hallel … Continue reading

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Some features of Hebrew poetry in Psalms (1)

Parallelism: A good Bible dictionary or commentary on the Psalms will discuss parallelism in more detail; here are just two as examples: Synonymous parallelism – in which the second line of a verse repeats the thought expressed in the first … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in the Psalms (6)

Here are the final five of seventeen references to Jesus as Messiah taken from the Psalms and with related New Testament references. His Betrayal – Psalm 41:9/Luke 22:48. PSALM 41:9 ‘Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in the Psalms (5)

Here are three more New testament references to Jesus as Messiah and related references from the Psalms. His Obedience – Psalm 40:6-8/Hebrews 10:5-7. PSALM 40:6-8 ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in the Psalms (4)

Here are three more New Testament references to Jesus, his character and work, which relate to the Psalms. His Conquests – Psalm 110:5/Revelation 6:15-17. PSALM 110:5 “The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day … Continue reading

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