The Bible Verses Jesus Loved

Praying with Jesus means using the psalms: his entire life was bathed with psalms.


03/25/2006 06:05:41 PM

This is a pleasant article. The psalms were the liturgical music sung in the Temple. The custom of following the Temple ritual in song within individual towns was the origin of the synagogue developed by the Pharisees. Study of Torah was also introduced at these occasions to democratize access to the holy directly to the “people”. This institution served well after the destruction of the first temple in 586 BCE. It continued alongside the second Temple until 70 ACE. In traditional Judaism, (Pharisee), the table is our “symbolic” alter and our homes are our Temple. The family singing of psalms at the dinner table is part of the Sabbath meal. Every meal is a worship service and does not require a “priest” or other intermediary. The name “Israel” means he wrestled with God and won. This direct relationship with God our father the King and mother the Queen (God’s indwelling presence is the Queen, the bride Sabbath, whom we symbolically greet) is very Jewish.


03/23/2006 10:38:21 PM

if you are saying that McKnight is using the term 'bible verses' for our sakes, the proper term is 'scripture'. 'Bible Verses Jesus Loved' is a temporal paradox. more objectionable is the pre-pubesent tone of the article. it's like 3rd grade reading level. It might be appropriate for a small child, but not anybody above the age of consent. the reference to billy graham-- Graham is one of the few evangelicals i respect. And reading through the psalter every month is an ancient practice monastic in origin. But the reasons Graham states for reading psalms and proverbs are sterile.


03/22/2006 11:32:56 PM

Badger - I was no more impressed by this article than you, but your first paragraph is completely irrelevant. The author gives US a reference for our sakes, so that we may identify where the various words of Jesus were drawn, but does not suggest that Jesus was himself making such references.


03/22/2006 10:41:42 PM

Pardon me, but this article is so trite and patronizing. The term 'bible' did not come into use until several centuries after Jesus, and the Bible text wasn't divided into verses until 1560. Jesus did not have favorite Bible verses. It demeans the sacredness of scripture to speak of 'favorite bible verses' or 'verses Jesus loved'. Scripture is inspired writ, it is holy, The proper action of the Disciple is to 'read, study and inwardly digest' it. Scripture is beyond our likes, dislikes and affections. Jesus was not a 'master of the psalms'--he was imbued with them. He lived and breathed them. Likewise monks under the rule of St. Benedict recited the psalms until they lived and breathed them. Myself, I recite (recite, not read) every morning the psalms appointed for the day from the daily lectionary. It is my hope that someday I will live and breath the psalms, just like the monks of St. Benedict, or Jesus himself.


03/22/2006 10:06:47 PM

Yes, Cusidh, a good interfaith bridge certainly seems like one possible application. Another might be getting tips for practicing your own religion. For example, there's a passage in the Psalms that goes something like, "Increase me in understanding, O Lord, according to your will."


03/22/2006 11:06:58 AM

Mmm, Yahya. Are you suggesting those passages might be a good interfaith bridge? Well, if not used like Anarchist there seems to think they should be, presumably. I've generally observed that religions with books tend to use the 'nice' passages in order to say, 'Hey, you should believe we're better, now convert to/accept my authority based on this book...' I think you're right, though, the constant attempts to convert others/assert some moral superiority from and between both sides lead to a great deal of the polarization.


03/21/2006 01:52:31 PM

I've heard the Psalms are typically considered by Islamic scholars to be a reliable source of insight. Alas the use of missionaries by opposing sides as a tool of conquest and so forth has led to a lack of interest in promoting interfaith study at least among Muslims. But for one reason or another an interest in interfaith issues seems to be the sort of thing that led us to Beliefnet.


03/21/2006 11:57:20 AM

Ah, so *that's* what you call all this. :)


03/21/2006 04:11:27 AM

The books are not fulfilled in either Christianity or Judaism, the books are fullfilled only in Islam.


03/19/2006 01:06:21 PM

What's wrong with that one, Yahya? :) Ye Gods, indeed. You'd think they'd have stuff like that in mind when they decide to try and rule. Though I guess they can always redefine who's 'the wicked' to suit convenience.


03/19/2006 04:33:14 AM

Commanded to deliver the weak from the wicked they were partial to the wicked and fell like every other ruler (Psalm 82/John 10). Ye gods! Psalms like that?


03/18/2006 11:35:47 PM

Ah, the psalms are wonderful! Christian monks chant the entire book of psalms in about two weeks and they are some of the most compassionate,peaceful and understanding Christians I've met. I attend a Benedictine Community run by Oblates twice a month and we discuss a psalm, practice lectio divina and chant psalms during Vespers and Compline office. I feel closer to the Holy Trinity because of this, plus it is very beautiful and connects me with early Christians too and Christians around the world who are doing the same thing. Sometimes when I feel depressed the only thing that helps is to recite the depression psalms ( you know, the being in the pit ones).It's like opening the door and allowing light to shine in the darkness leading me out. Since doing this I'm rarely depressed for more than half a day now as opposed to days or even weeks of being in a black funk. I too love the adulterous woman example. Jesus' compassion is breathtaking. Y'all are right, it is a lesson in not judging. Peace.


03/18/2006 05:48:08 PM

This starts as an good article but when Scott asks this question he reveals his beliefs concerning Jesus: "How did he learn them?" Then his hypothesis further reveals his crafty agenda: "By participating in the synagogue. Those in attendance at synagogue were either reciting psalms or listening to psalms every week" Attempts to separate Jesus from Christ are so common today. I'm so glad that I know my Bible and what it says concerning Jesus.


03/18/2006 12:45:42 AM

Mighty, Your example of the woman has always been one of my favorites, too. Jesus had a way about Him. His philosophy was more of teaching love, than violence. I also always wondered why 'the man' never was comfronted.I also agree with you that if more people would/could associate with this story, this world would be such a better place. All are sinners, so who gives us the right to judge anyone else? That is the Lord's job, not ours. In Christian Love, Karen :)


03/17/2006 11:07:27 PM

There is one reason that I greatly love and respect Jesus. Not because I consider him the son or incarnation of God, but because of his message of nonviolence and the deep meanings that infused his words and life. One instance that exemplifies this is when an adulterous woman was brought in front of Jesus by the Jewish community. Knowing that he followed God's laws extremely and was very disapproving of adulterers (punishable by stoning), BUT was also nonviolent, they thought that they had him cornered--how could he resolve the seeming conflict between these two ideas? Would he stick by the Lord's teaching against adultery and it's punishment by stoning, or the one about nonviolence? And then, he said one of the most powerful statements in the history of religion: "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone." Awe-inspiring. I think contemporary conservatives (and liberals) can learn a few things from Jesus. Leave the judging to God, and mind your own business.