Poetry of the Old Testament

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Re: Poetry of the Old Testament

Post by nooregano » 31 Aug 2019, 23:42

The Psalms are beautiful, but maybe they didn't suit the purpose the author had.
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Post by kali09 » 06 Sep 2019, 09:03

Psalms is such a beautiful, raw book. The anguish, the sorrow, the joyful praise... I wish there was a way the author could have included it, but I think it might have interrupted the narrative flow. I understand the decision to keep the poetry out of the book.

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Post by V 1 5 » 06 Sep 2019, 21:39

Sam_Ibeh wrote:
02 Aug 2019, 08:04
Well in the context of the book, Val D. Greenwood was telling stories of events that happened in the Old Testament. Since the poetry books didn't quite convey actual events, it was okay to leave them out.
Agree, there are different kinds of books in the Bible. For the purpose of narrating the events in the OT, it's not necessary for me to include the poetic books.

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Post by HeatherEi » 12 Sep 2019, 19:47

I can understand why he would have left them out. But it would have been neat if he would have inserted some of the Psalms of David through the narrative about David.

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Post by AdamRedWolf » 13 Sep 2019, 09:58

The literature of the old testament plays a big part in the story. The 'why' of how it was written unveils a lot about the history itself. I agree with you, the Psalms and SoS are both very important and paint clear pictures of the culture in relation to the history of the OT.

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Post by tkpumpkin » 13 Sep 2019, 20:11

I can't believe he left out Song of Solomon! This book is a story. Not only that; it's one of the most profound love stories ever written! I don't know what he was thinking.....Psalms I understand, since the intention of the author was to recap the stories only....but Song of Solomon is a story!

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