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NOTE: 300 Words. Students must support their assertions with at least 3 scholarly citations in current Turabian format.

Discussion: Imprecatory Psalms

Thread: After reading Psalms 35, 109, and 137, answer each of the following question prompts. You are permitted to use the textbook, outside scholarly sources, and the Bible in your responses.

· Explain your understanding of the “imprecatory psalms.” In what sense did these function as prayers and petition in ancient Israel? In what manner would they have functioned as “song” within the liturgical context of ancient Israel?

· In what manner should Christians approach these “imprecatory psalms”? Do they in some way contradict the “turn the other check” ethic taught by Jesus in the Gospels? Be specific in how you respond to this question.

· What view do you take on the application of the “imprecatory psalms” for today? In responding to this question, be sure to provide supporting argument and rationale, including support from the Old and the New Testament.

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Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms

© 2010 by Daniel J. Estes