Monday, November 8, 2010


It is important to remember that each psalm has its own individual character. That being said, there appear to be some common patterns or forms in the psalms that can assist us in understanding the intent of the psalmists. The following are some of the recognized psalm forms. It should be noted that opinions may differ between scholars on the exact list of psalms which follow each form.

Ascent, Degrees, or Pilgrimage – These Songs of Zion psalms were apparently sung by those on pilgrimages to Jerusalem. The pilgrims would ascend from the lower terrain, gradually by degrees, to the high geography of Jerusalem. These include Psalms 120-34.

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