Praying Through the Psalms
Join with Yohanna Katanacho, a Palestinian Israeli Christian, in praying through the Psalms.
After completing his PhD on the book of Psalms, Yohanna Katanacho felt led to pray every psalm in the context of the Middle East. These prayers transformed him. They helped him expand his understanding of Psalms as he prayed out his theology. They also enabled him to express all of his frustrations, hopes, joys, and many other emotions. His feelings were sancti ed in the presence of the Lord and this experience created a healthy theology of tears in the midst of oppressive realities. Lastly, these prayers strengthened him to face the harsh realities of the Middle East from a biblical perspective.
This collection of 150 beautiful and unique prayers, inspired by each of the Psalms and birthed in the same land as Jesus, will help you grow in under- standing the struggles of Christians in the Middle East, and deepen your love for God.
Yohanna Katanacho has taken upon himself to transport the ancientpsalmists to the dusty and bleeding squares of the Middle East and lend them his eyes, his heart and his pen. He draws the thread that connects their mouth to the mouths of today’s persevering church, but without substituting theancient voice. This is not just one more translation of the ancient psalter – the new prayers come alongside the ancient ones as the alto joins the soprano to sing the same song in harmony.
Myrto Theocharous, PhD
Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament,
Greek Bible College
Praying Through the Psalms is an extraordinary book written by a man who lives what he has written. For the readers, it is going to be a journey that they have never experienced, as it will contextualize God’s Word written through the Psalms into their very own context in whatever circumstance they might be in – hard, rough, in war or persecution, or even betrayed!
The new depth that this book has given to the Psalms has given me a stronger belief in God as a friend who understands me well in my everyday situations as he accompanies me in them all the time.
Rev Jack Y. Sara, PhD
President, Bethlehem Bible College
There are at least three ways we can employ Katanacho’s prayers and praises to God’s glory andto our own blessing: we can simply use these prayers and praises as our own:
- we can simply use these prayers and praises as our own
- we can use them as a way of identifying with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and praying with them
- and we can take these prayers and praisesas models for our own prayers and praises that build from the biblical Psalms to say what we need to say to God.
John Goldingay, PhD
Professor of Old Testament,
Fuller Theological Seminary
Praying Through the Psalms is an important new work. The book sets forth a fresh and innovative approach to reading the Psalms by praying through the text in comprehensive and contemporary terms that are intelligible for the reader. These contextual prayers deserve appreciation; specially as the writer is a scholar in a Palestinian context who seeks theology of his context including the challenges of the present moment.
Rev Andrea Zaki, PhD
President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt