Psalm Basics for Catholics
Seeing Salvation History in a New Way
Author: John Bergsma
“I cannot even imagine a better introduction to the psalms than this book. John Bergsma has made the psalms more understandable, more singable, and even more lovable than before.”
Author of A History of the Church in 100 Objects
In his third back-to-basics look at the Bible, popular theology professor and bestselling Catholic author and speaker John Bergsma highlights the presence of Jesus in the psalms and helps us understand their meaning in light of the story of salvation. Bergsma employs the same conversational style and simple illustrations found in Bible Basics for Catholics and New Testament Basics for Catholics to help bridge the gap between the world of contemporary Catholics and the ancient world of the Bible.
In Psalm Basics for Catholics, John Bergsma introduces us to King David, the story of Israel, and the salvation of the Jewish people through the coming of Jesus.
For more than two thousand years, Christians have sung, chanted, and prayed the psalms, a practice of worship inherited from our Jewish ancestors in faith. Whether prayed during Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, or in personal reflection, these ancient hymns continue to be a guiding light for Catholics. Yet rarely do we step back and look at how the psalms fit into the story of salvation revealed in the Bible the way Bergsma does here.
Bergsma also addresses common questions about the psalms, including
- Do the psalms really predict Jesus?
- What do we make of the so-called curse psalms?
- Why do we pray the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours?
- How do I read and pray the psalms?
Bergsma's insightful, practical examination of the psalms helps Catholics see how their promise is fulfilled in Christ.