Discussion Prompt: How Should We Then Suffer?The Hebrew name for the book of Psalms is Tehillim, 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 writer’s tough situation and a raw depiction of the author’s 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:
- Exodus 20:1-18
- Psalm 95
- Daniel 3
- Hosea 14
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.