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Some Directions of Interpreting the Psalms for Preachers

Myung Soo Suh 1

1협성대학교 신학대학

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ABSTRACT

The book of psalms in the Bible is very unique. Ultimately the Bible is the words of God given to his people from the heaven to the earth. But the psalms contain various human voices from the earth upward the heaven/God. For this reason, it can be said that the psalm is 'theopoetry'. The book of psalms is the very useful text in and for christian daily life and churches. It is a kind of standard text in christian worship. However, in spite of it's utility, many preaches are apt to choose their sermon texts outside the book of psalms. Thus a new try is necessary for letting preachers choose the psalms as a sermon text. This paper starts from this issue. At first it makes a summary of the biblical foundation of preaching and its tradition. Prophetic preaching, liturgical preaching and culitc-prophetic preaching are typical preaching in ancient Israel. After the summary of preaching tradition this paper examines some approaches for reading and interpretation of the psalms such as gutting(genre/form) analysis, relationship between poetic word and silence, finding poetic narrativity in the psalms, thematic approach and so on. Finally this paper suggests a possible approach to the psalms, that is, reading the psalm according to "mac"(脈=pulse), which can be understood in various context. In the poetic text there is a poetic "mac"(脈). In the five books of the psalm there are various poetic "mac"(脈). Finally in the book of the psalms as the one book there is the great "mac"(脈) which consists of various sub-"mac"(脈). All of these "mac"(脈) are correspond to the "mac"(脈) of the Old Testament which penetrates the Bible. In reading the psalms finding "mac"(脈) can be another key. The "mac"(脈) can be compared to orbit. Various "mac"(脈) beat and move in the psalms just as an uncountable planets move according to their orbit in space. So the approach according to "mac"(脈) can be coined as the term, orbital approach.

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