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The Art of Preaching Old Testament Poetry

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Preachers often struggle with preaching Old Testament poetry. They are uncertain how to preach the highly emotive poems in Psalms, the one-liners in Proverbs, the tedious conversations in Job, the esoteric observations about life in Ecclesiastes, and the confusing love poems in the Song of Songs.

Here leading pastor theologian Steven Mathewson instructs and inspires preachers to preach some of the most challenging--and some of the richest--material in the Old Testament. This companion to his successful The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative guides readers through preaching the oft-neglected Old Testament poetic books. Mathewson introduces foundational issues and offers basic methodology and preaching strategies that are faithful to the text and sensitive to its listeners. Highlighting Mathewson's skill at bringing the riches of the Old Testament to bear on the life of the church, this book makes scholarship on the poetic books accessible for pastors and pastors-in-training. It also includes sample sermons.

1. Preparing to Preach Old Testament Poetry
2. Preaching Psalms
3. Preaching Proverbs
4. Preaching Job
5. Preaching Ecclesiastes
6. Preaching Song of Songs
7. A Final Word
Appendix A: Sample Sermon on Psalm 87
Appendix B: Sample Sermon on Psalm 137
Appendix C: Sample Sermon on Proverbs 31:1-19
Appendix D: Sample Sermon on Job 28:1-28
Appendix E: Sample Sermon on Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14
Appendix F: Sample Sermon on Song of Songs
Appendix G: A Categorization of the Psalms

The Author

  1. Steven D. Mathewson

    Steven D. Mathewson

    Steven D. Mathewson (PhD, Stellenbosch University; DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Evangelical Divinity...

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