Analysis Of ' The Messiah And The Psalms ' By Richard P. Belcher Jr.

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Introduction This paper provides a summary and an assessment of the approach for determining the relationship of a psalm to Jesus the Messiah proposed by Richard P. Belcher Jr. in his book The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from all the Psalms . This paper also provides an analysis of Psalm 45 and whether Psalm 45 should be used to teach on the church as the bride of Christ. Lastly, this paper provides an analysis of Psalm 22 and whether Psalm 22 speaks of the Messiah.

Summary of The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from all the Psalms Belcher presents an overview of several possible approaches to interpreting the Psalms, particularly in regards to determining a psalms potential relation to Jesus as Messiah. Belcher finds strengths and weaknesses in each of the approaches but ultimately finds them all lacking to some extent and proposes his own approach, the Christological Approach. The foundation of Belcher’s Christological Approach is based on Jesus’ teaching in Luke 24:26-27, 44-47. According to Belcher, these verses explain that “the comprehensive nature of Jesus’ reference to the Old Testament is meant to demonstrate that all the Old Testament speaks of Jesus in some way, not merely those texts commonly accepted as ‘Messianic’. Thus Jesus himself gives the divine authorization for reading all the Old Testament in reference to him.” Belcher further explains that because of Jesus’ statement “in Luke 24:44 that the things written about him in the Old…

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