Psalms/Lamentations/Song of Songs (Understanding the Books of the Bible)

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Did you know you could read and study the Bible without using any chapters or verses? The books of the Bible are real "books." They're meant to be experienced the same way other books are: as exciting, interesting works that keep you turning pages right to the end and then make you want to go back and savor each part. The Understanding the Books of the Bible series of study guides will help you do that with the Bible. While you can use these guides with any version or translation, they're especially designed to be used with The Books of The Bible, an edition of the Scriptures from Biblica that takes out the chapter and verse numbers and presents the biblical books in their natural form.  Written with careful attention to the original language, historical setting and literary structure of each book, these guides are great for individual study, Sunday School classes, and small group Bible studies. They make a great next step for churches and other groups that have done a Community Bible Experience with Biblica.

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I was in a Bible study with a group of university students who went through this whole guide over the course of an academic year.  We had amazing conversations and discussions each week.  Approaching the various psalms as examples of particular types kept them from all sounding the same and unlocked a depth and beauty to their meaning. Getting used to seeing biblical passages as song lyrics really helped us as we took up Lamentations and Song of Songs. This was a very meaningful and enjoyable experience for all of us and I know you'll have the same kind of experience when you use this guide with your own group.

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We all know how to say the polite, respectable things about God.  But how do we put into words our questions and doubts about God, our frustrations and disappointments with him?  Is it proper to give a voice to our darkest spiritual experiences of suffering, depression, and despair?  And if, on other occasions, we feel as if we're experiencing a little bit of heaven right here on earth, how can we describe the glories we're tasting?  Where do we find the words, at those times when words aren't enough to begin with?

Throughout the ages people have turned to song to express what the spoken word can barely convey.  This has always been true of God's people in particular.  The songwriters of ancient Israel have left us a rich legacy of powerful expressions of the heights and depths of their experiences with God.  Over the centuries people have used these songs again and again to put their own experiences into words.  Eventually many of these songs were gathered into the biblical books of Psalms, Lamentations, and Song of Songs.  While their tunes have now been lost, their lyric poetry still speaks eloquently and evocatively today.

In these books we encounter an incredibly broad and deep range of spiritual experiences.  We hear thoughts and feelings expressed that we may have had ourselves, but weren't sure we could or should put into words.  We see people in the depths of despair barely hanging on to their faith, we see others basking in the glories of heaven on earth, and everything else in between.  If you want to broaden your own spiritual experiences, if you want to know how to speak about them more meaningfully, and if you want to find inspiration in the struggles and triumphs of people of faith who've gone before you, get together with some friends and use this guide to read and discuss the biblical books that are collections of song lyrics:  Psalms, Lamentations, and Song of Songs.

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