In one of his most enlightening works, C.S. Lewis shares his ruminations on both the form and the meaning of selected psalms. In the introduction he explains, "I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." Consequently, he takes on a tone of thoughtful collegiality as he writes on one of the Bible's most elusive books.
Characteristically graceful and lucid, Lewis cautions us that the psalms were originally written as songs that should now be read in the spirit of lyric poetry rather than as doctrinal treatises or sermons. Drawing from daily life as well as the literary world, Lewis begins to reveal the mystery that often shrouds the psalms.
- follows Moffatt's liberal translation uncritically
I loved Mere Christianity by Lewis, but in this Lewis is out of his competence. He accepts Moffatt's (who follows the Documentary Hypothesis) translation, uncritically. Lewis considers some of the psalmists prayers to be pagan, some ugly and some self righteous.
It is a hard book to listen to while driving, but I don't think it is worthy of more of my time.
- Solid gold book. Please please read. its amazing.
One of my top two or three books for two reasons: 1) it helped me to love the psalms (and I am very un-poetic, and always kind of dreaded reading them) and 2) It gives (in chapter 10 or 11) perhaps the best and most straightforward advice about how to read the bible anywhere (especially re: how do we understand and interpret scripture). If I taught a biblical foundations class or some such, that would be required reading.