Exploring Psalm 51: Havruta (Peer) Study

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Discussion Questions

  • Which words or images in Psalm 51 are most striking to you? Why?
  • Do you find the inter-textual introduction—the superscription—to the psalm helpful in engaging it?
  • What does return and/or reconciliation look like in your religious tradition(s) and in your life?
  • What metaphors for sin and/or “missing the mark” are operative in your spiritual imagination? Are these (still) helpful to you?
  • How has the pandemic and other recent social and environmental issues impacted your understanding of sin and contrition—both individually and collectively?
  • If you were to facilitate a study session of this text with a Jewish, Christian, or interreligious group, what would you want participants to leave knowing and questioning?