Thinking Thursday: Psalms & the Pentateuch

I don’t know where it originated, but a friend recently gave me a very helpful handout on the Psalms. It lists every Psalm with a few words summarising what it’s about, and some general overviews. I want to share one of them today.


It is helpful to see a broad brush topical similarity in how the Psalms have been collated with the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible:

Book 1 – Psalms 1-41 – Songs of worship: cf. Genesis – the story of humanity and creation.
Closing doxology is Ps.41:13

Book 2 – Psalms 42-72 – Hymns of national interest (1): cf. Exodus – the story of deliverance and redemption.
Closing doxology is Ps.72:18-19

Book 3 – Psalms 73-89 – Hymns of national interest (2): cf. Leviticus – The story of worship and sanctuary.
Closing doxology is Ps.89:52

Book 4 – Psalms 90-106 – Anthems of praise (1): cf. Numbers – The story of the wilderness wanderings.
Closing doxology is Ps.106:48

Book 5 – Psalms 107-150 – Anthems of praise (2) (2): cf. Deuteronomy – The story of Scripture and praise.
Closing doxology is the whole of Ps.150


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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One Response to Thinking Thursday: Psalms & the Pentateuch

  1. Pingback: Thinking Thursday: Christ in the Psalms & the Gospels | Ann Marie Thinking Out Loud

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