A Guide to the Psalms of David: A Book for all Reasons

A Guide to the Psalms of David: A Book for all Reasons

by Steven Rosner


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The Psalms of David, "in sublimity, beauty, pathos, and originality, or in one word, poetry, are superior to all the odes, hymns, and songs in any language." John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

Although typically thought of as hymns of praise to God, The Psalms of David are so much more. They are invoked to comfort and instruct; to lament and inspire; to bless, as well as to curse,. In tone, they span the gamut of human emotions from ecstasy to despair, grief to relief, fear to awe, indignation to remorse, and rage to love. They talk about the rewards of righteousness, the pitfalls of evil, the grandeur of the universe, as well as recount God's compassion and benevolence.
In short, The Psalms are a fabulously rich gold mine whose ore has not been extracted for lack of tools. With its unique index classifying all 150 psalms by purpose, theme, mood, and audience, this book rectifies that major shortcoming and makes the psalms accessible to the English speaking public- whatever one's affiliation-who can benefit from their wisdom and guidance. That, and a translation which engages the reader emotionally, should prove a resource for those who are suffering or directionless-to find solace, gain wisdom, receive a new awareness or be transformed, resulting in healing and/or reconsideration of personal ethics toward "clean hands and a pure heart."

"Steve Rosner has captured the universal and modern meanings of the Psalms of David in a compelling new book. The reader will find inspiration and wisdom for today's complex world in a brilliantly expressed interpretation of the 3000 year-old text." Bob Turner, Former U. S. Representative, NY

"This an extremely helpful aid, organized effectively and giving just enough annotation to illuminate without descending into pedantry. The translation is graceful and evocative. I thank you for producing it."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478753391
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/26/2015
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

To describe Steve in a limited amount of space would be like trying to make your own gefilte fish; it takes lots of time and is complicated.

He is seeker of truth. He is always looking at the bigger picture and delving deep into the core of what life means. If engaged in a conversation with Steve, you will always be challenged and perhaps enlightened by his unique and creative view of life, Scripture and spirituality. His keen intuitive sense may direct you to a new understanding that you were not aware of. If you want to know a person who is constantly probing the most difficult questions, it is Steve. Steve's personal life has spanned a broad spectrum of experience and adventure. Steve has worked in corporate America as a systems analyst and driven a taxi, written a novel, produced his father's play, published short stories, and a lot more.

But enough of Steve's resume, it is deeds that put him in his own category—for example, taking responsibility for his parents care so they can remain in their apartment. Steve goes out of his way to help others when he sees they are a victim of injustice. He is not afraid to get involved. His ambition is to inspire people to awaken to God's tangibility and the wisdom of Scripture. Behind the scenes, Steve is a kind and caring person. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather. And while some people, at first, find his direct manner a bit intimidating, his kindness is real. If you go deeper, you'll discover his intention is always for the best and his heart is soft. He has a strong sense of integrity and honesty. He will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you the truth. His soul abhors deceit, so he often feels distressed observing the lack of integrity in our culture.

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