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Analysis

Psalms Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory

Jerusalem and the Temple

Where exactly does God hang out? Sometimes it seems like God is wherever his worshipers are, but he does live in a specific place. Worship for God started off in the Tabernacle, which was essential...

The Covenant

God's covenant with the Israelites is like a legal agreement: God gets worshipers, his people get protection. Sounds pretty simple, right?But here's the thing: the writers wouldn't endorse the cont...

Music

Kanye knows that the Psalms are meant to be put to music. We might read them as poetry today, but the Psalms were designed to be memorized and sung by the Israelites together. Surprised? Then you p...

Gold

Gold was as much a part of biblical society as it is today—a symbol of power, prestige, and taste. But gold isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Sure it's a marker of value—kings wear it, it...

Sheol

Sheol is the Biblical underworld, and is similar in many ways to Hades in Greek mythology. The Israelites did have an idea of Heaven, but it was purely a divine domain—you know, where the angels...

Idols

A lot of things bugged the Psalms writers, but there was one thing that really pushed them over the edge: idol worship. By declaring idols uncool, they were trying to start something big. Really bi...

Angels and Other Gods

Angels in the HouseWe have some big news for you: God isn't the only divine being in the Bible. And Psalms makes that very clear. They have a pretty big job to do—asserting the dominance of God a...
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