Edmund's Church, Crickhowell
Introducing the Book -
Old Testament Poetry & Wisdom
Johnny Tillotson once sang:
Poetry in motion
Walkin' by my side
Her lovely locomotion
Keeps my eyes open wide.
What does this tell us about:
a) Poetry? b) Motion
c) Johnny Tillotson? d) His girlfriend?
Are there any songs from your earlier days which still have a valid
message? Any that now make you cringe?
Song of Solomon
What's so special about poetry anyway?
Exodus 14:15-30 and Habakkuk 3:8-15. They both describe the same
event, the crossing of the Red Sea but in a completely different
Why are they different?
Which makes the greater impact?
Read Psalm 23.
Why does something so simple and so
familiar continue to speak so vividly to us?
What picture of God is built
Does the translation make much
difference? Try reading it in a number of different
This Psalm is very meaningful in our
situation where we see and hear sheep every day. Would it mean as
much to city-dwellers?
A wife of noble character who can
find? Read Proverbs 31:10-31.
The writer recognises that this is
an ideal. Is it an ideal that has passed its sell-by
What qualities are still worth
Are there any qualities which are
now less important or not important at all?
Let him kiss me with the kisses
of his mouth-- for your love is more delightful than wine. Song
of Solomon 1:2
What is this sexy stuff doing in the
Read chapter 2 and try to identify
the different voices [Your Bible may have already done this but it
is only the editor's best guess]
Some scholars through the ages have
interpreted this book as a picture of the love between Christ and
the Church. Many today would disagree. Read 5:10-16. Does this work
for you as a picture of Christ?
I can't get no ... said the
Teacher in Ecclesiastes 1:2 or, more accurately, Everything is
Read chapter 1:3-10. This seems
exactly the sort of thing someone might say to you today. How would
There is a justly famous passage in 12:1-7.
What is its message? Is it valid for us?
consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are
mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? [Psalm
Use the lovely language of the Psalms as a
springboard into praise.
Last updated 3/12/2003