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    The Christian tradition in which I was schooled (Episcopalian) refers to The Psalms as liturgical poetry: believed to have been often read or sung during Temple worship in later Hebrew Scripture (post-Exile) times. The Psalms are still used that way today in Catholic and much mainstream Protestant worship.

    The Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Solomon's Song of Songs are referred to as 'Wisdom' (Chokma) literature.  This genre is characterized by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about divinity and about virtue.

    Of course, the three divisions of Tanakh you list as used by Jewish worshippers is definitive, considering the source.

    Thanks for the insights, in particular,  

    In the end, personal acts of kindness are the way we honor God best. After all, we're made in God's image.

    "Treat others as you would like them to treat you." -St. Luke 6: 31 (NEB) Christians are given a tough assignment here: Love the people you don't even like...

    by paz3 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:58:30 AM PDT

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