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Psalms: A 12-Week Study Paperback – June 30 2014
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Designed for individuals and small groups alike, this 12-week study through the Psalms explores their ability to transform our emotions and incline our hearts toward worship.
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This Bible study series is designed to help readers better understand and apply God’s Word. Each study covers one book of the Bible over 12 weeks, making practical applications and connections between the passage and the rest of Scripture. The series is edited by J. I. Packer and Dane C. Ortlund, and includes contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders. Perfect for both small groups and individuals, these gospel-centered studies will help readers see and cherish the message of God’s grace found on each and every page of the Bible.
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About the Author
Douglas Sean O'Donnell (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the senior vice president of Bible editorial at Crossway. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including The Beginning and End of Wisdom; The Pastor's Book; The Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series; and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series. He also contributed the Song of Solomon and Job to the ESV Expository Commentary.
J. I. Packer (1926–2020) served as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic bestseller Knowing God. Packer also served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Lane T. Dennis (PhD, Northwestern University) is the former president and CEO of Crossway. Before joining Crossway in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the managing director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dennis serves as the chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the executive editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.
- Publisher : Crossway (June 30 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433540983
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433540981
- Item weight : 165 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.56 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #407,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The material as presented by the authors is simply too dense and the discussion questions are more geared towards professional or semi- professional Bible scholars than they are for laypeople. It seemed more suitable for an academic setting then for the family Bible study that we were trying to do or even a Sunday School or Bible study group led by a minister.
If you are looking for something that your family or small group will actually enjoy doing while studying the Psalms, look elsewhere. The questions for reflection on the passages ended up being too much like homework. We ended up resenting the amount of effort it took.
This not to say that we expected to be coddled or that Bible study shouldn't take some dedication. It's the style of the authors that makes this study an absolute chore. An example from page 32:
"Psalms like Psalm 32 sing of forgiveness. Martin Luther called such Psalms "the Pauline Psalms" because they reminded him of Paul's theology of the forgiveness of sins (e.g., Paul uses Psalm 32: 1-2a in Romans 4: 6- 8 to show that "not counting sin" [which he treats as another way of counting righteousness] has always been done "apart from works"). How is the forgiveness of sins illustrated? Look at verse 11. What does forgiveness lead to?"
That's an actual question and they're almost all like that. If you're a layperson who is still considering buying this book, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the referenced verses in Psalm 32 and Romans 4 and try to answer that question so that you understand what you have to look forward to in this course of study.