I hope that some of you are joining me for the Scripture SOAK November, which begins in the book of Psalm.
Before beginning, I just wanted to share with you a brief introduction that I put together from a few commentary sources about the book of Psalm that may help bring a beginning light to this study!
The Book of Psalms
Psalms could be translated as “songs”. Its original Hebrew title is Tehillm, meaning Hymns or praises.
Key Verse: 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the LORD!
When beginning any Bible study, I like to first learn of the context. It’s important to find out some things about the book in order to effectively study the book. When I first begin, I like to start with the 5 W’s. Who (was the book written by) When (the date the book was written) to Whom (to whom was the book directed too when it was written) What style is it written in (poetry, narrative, letters… etc.) and Why was it written.
Who wrote the Psalms?
It was written by various authors. About half are attributed to King David. Other authors include Solomon, Moses, Asaph, Ethan, and the sons of Korah. Other Psalms do not mention an author.
When were the Psalms written?
Psalms was written between approx. 1400 BC (Around the time of Moses) to approx. 500 BC (The time of the Jews Babylonian exile.)
To Whom were the Psalms written?
Many of the Psalms are written “of David”, which implies that many of them were written by or about Israel's Great King. These are a collection of “emotionally charged poems” that almost always return with Praise to God. No matter the theme of each Psalm, praise to God seems to be the theme in the end.
What style are the Psalms written in?
Why was it written?
The Psalms run the gamet of human emotion. It depicts praise in times of joy and sorrow. For this reason, people turn to Psalms as a comfort, both in good times and hard times.