Psalm 88 is one of the darkest chapters in the Hebrew Bible. Though most psalms of lament/complaint end with a turn to hope, this one concludes as it begins: in misery, frustration, and darkness. The psalmist is furious at God and his fury never abates. In this session, we'll do a close literary and theological reading of this haunting text and wrestle with its lack of resolution. We'll ask: what kind of religious life would we need to have in order to feel authentic in challenging God? And what kinds of belief in and about God would we need to have?
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|When Everything Goes Dark: Exploring Psalm 88|