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Christ in the Psalms

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The Psalms run like a golden thread through the beautiful garment of Orthodox and Eastern Catholic worship. In addition to inspiring the public prayer of the church, the Psalms are an indispensable part of the private devotions of all who seek a closer relationship with God. Most important, however, the Psalms point toward the ultimate liberation of humanity from sin, deat ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Conciliar Press
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Amy
Aug 14, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
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I don't think I will be able to give an adequate review of this book. It is helpful, insightful, engaging. Fr. Patrick gives an explanation of why the Psalms are numbered differently in the East than in the West that I finally understand. He is clearly comfortable with Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, as well as ancient history and popular culture. His biblical knowledge is vast. Yet for all his scholarship, the writing is often witty, and the reader senses his great faith. The book discusses every Psa ...more
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Jan 17, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
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Really good.
Cassius Rovenstine
Apr 14, 2014 Cassius Rovenstine rated it liked it
Reading the Psalms has always been a chore for me. My brain favors prose over poetry, and it is especially difficult to appreciate poetry when it is presented in a modern English translation rather than the intended language. Additionally, I’ve noticed an unfortunate tendency in churches I’ve attended to praise the Psalms simply because they’re the Psalms. Christians sometimes adopt the reasoning of shallow college students and proclaim things to be “deep” and “profound” just because they sound ...more
Stuart
Mar 14, 2013 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Christ in the Psalms was originally published back in 2000 but has since been revised. If you own the original, like myself, you will first notice a more substantial introduction. In this edition, Fr. Reardon explains "The Unity of the Bible," "The Voices of the Psalter," and "The First Three Psalms." I never noticed this about the Psalms before, but the first three chapters form a theological outline for the whole book. The other major changes occurred in Fr. Reardon's commentary on Psalms 73, ...more
Ryan
Jul 11, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
I have only started using and have not read every entry yet, but what I have read is absolutely phenomenal. Reardon gives each Psalm a brief (2 page) meditation. This is not a exegetical commentary on the history, language, and forms of the Psalms. This is rather a Christian reading of each Psalm dedicated to seeing Christ as the one 'from whom, through whom, and to whom' the Psalms exist. If you are looking for an aid to help you see how a Christian whose very life is 'in Christ' may use the Ps ...more
Kyle
Jul 12, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Excellent work! Drew me close to Christ and his Church! Recommended to everyone in need of Christ!
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Aug 26, 2015 Jerusha rated it it was amazing
Devotional in nature - You can read it slowly (the author suggests over three years) or more quickly, randomly...but do read it! The nuggets are goldmines of insight and wisdom into the mind and life of Christ and of King David, as well as the use of these Psalms by the fathers or our Faith.
Mark
Jul 14, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Patrick Reardon provides a commentary on each psalm helping readers to see Christ in the Old Testament.
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The introduction to this book is spectacular!
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The best book I've yet read on the Psalter.
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Handy way to get OT/NT integration before bed.
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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints' Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.

Father Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), St. Anselm's College (Rome), The Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary (South Canaan, PA).

He has authored many books including: Christ in the Psalms,
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“The habit of prayer, this incessant meditation on God’s Law, is not supposed to be something immediately useful. Trees do not bear fruit right away. They first must eat amply of the earth and drink deeply of its water. Such nourishment must serve first to build up the tree. The fruit will come later on, when it is supposed to. The life of Christian prayer and meditation knows nothing of instant holiness; it is all a matter of perseverance and patience. Some trees do not even begin to bear fruit for many years.” 1 likes
“we don’t begin with the Old Testament; we begin with Christ. Christ is not only the Mediator between God and man; He is also the Mediator between the Old Testament and the Church.” 0 likes
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