As mentioned, one of our books for class is Walter Breuggemann’s Praying the Psalms.
Breuggemann’s kind of a big deal in the world of biblical scholarship. He even has his own Wikipedia page, which tells me has has written at least 58 books and “several” Bible commentaries. He’s also a very good writer, and what little I’ve read of him is much different than the usual scholarly work – more accessible and more poetic.
He’s also a fan of this blog.
That’s the only conclusion I can draw from Pages 1-2 of Praying the Psalms:
I suggest, in a simple schematic fashion, that our life of faith consists in moving with God in terms of:
- being securely oriented;
- being painfully disoriented; and
- being surprisingly reoriented.This general way of speaking can apply to our self-acceptance, our relations with significant others, our participation in public issues. It can permit us to speak of “passages,” the life-cycle, stages of growth and identity crises. It can permit us to be honest about what’s happening to us. Most of all, it may provide us a way to think about the Psalms in relation to our common human experience, for each of God’s children is in transit along the flow of orientation, disorientation and reorientation.
Well, OK, so he wrote that in 1980. But still, if there’s a better description of why this blog exists, I’m not sure I could find it.