Chapters 1 & 2
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Reflections on the Psalms

Chapter 1 -- Introductory

1.  What are Lewis's disclaimers?  What approach is he taking with this book?

2.  Why must we remember that the Psalms are poems?

3.  What is "parallelism"?  Why did this literary device turn out to be fortuitous or an example of God's provision?

4.  What practical purpose did Lewis find in having some biblical truths expressed as poetry?  What incarnational aspect did Lewis imagine?

5.  What reason does Lewis give for not writing an apologetic work?

Chapter 2 - "Judgement" in the Psalms

6.  What mental images do most modern Christians have of the Day of Judgment?  Lewis is surprised that the Jewish psalmists had a different view of judgment; they saw an occasion for rejoicing.  Describe the differences.  Why was judgment something to be longed for?

7.  How does Lewis believe the Jewish picture of judgment can supplement the Christian picture?  (Look at the standards against which our actions will be judged.)

8.  The Jewish psalmist usually sees himself as the civil plaintiff.  How does Lewis draw profit from these psalms by picturing himself as the civil defendant?

9.  What distinction does Lewis make between being "in the right" and being "righteous"?  Do you agree?

10.  What do you think of Lewis's statement:  "An exhortation to charity should not come as rider to a refusal of justice." (found in the next to last paragraph)?  Have you seen this occur at school or work?  What were the consequences?  What message does it convey?

Mares' nests:  something thought at first to be an extraordinary discovery, only later proven to be a hoax

Judge Jeffreys (1648-89):  partisan judge who presided over a series of trials in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion (an attempt to overthrow James II).  Two hundred defendants hanged and 800 were deported as indentured servants to British colonies. 

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