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The Prayers of David: 40 Devotions Examining the Man After God's Own Heart features inspirational devotions based upon the prayers that David prayed as given in Scripture. The Bible passage is included and followed by a short devotional chapter and a prayer. This unique book combines faithful scholarship with accessible writing to bring a personal level of reflection to these emotionally powerful prayers. 217 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Museum of the Bible
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 7.25 X 5 (inches)|
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Author: Dr. Sidney Vineburg
Located in: Oak Park, MI
Submitted: September 08, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the Rabbi Emeritus of Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue in Manitowoc, WI, after retiring from 30 years as a pulpit rabbi. Currently, I teach as an adjunct Professor in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University and also serve as a Content Expert in the College of Doctoral Studies. I am also an affiliated Professor at Haifa University in Israel.
I hold a BA in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and a BA in Religious Studies (Early Christianity) from Columbia University in New York. In 1988, I was ordained "Rabbi, Preacher and Teacher in Israel" by Tifereth Yisrael Rabbinical Yeshiva in New York, I also hold a Master of Arts in Education from Marian University and a Doctor of Education degree (With Distinction) at Capella University in Minnesota.
He is the founder of the New Community Shelter in Green Bay, WI and and helped secure support for building 2 libraries in Green Bay, WI. Having recently moved to the Detroit area to be closer to my son and grandchildren.
What was your motivation behind this project? The Book of Psalms is a very human response to the work of God's Presence in the world. It reflects not only David's humanity, but our own. Like us, David had times of joy and sorry, made mistakes and fell short of God's expectations. Yet, God is the focus of his life. David's Psalms help us strive to be both human and Godly.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I would like the reader to see David and his Tehilim (Psalms) through the prism of Jewish belief and history as well as the Hebrew language in which the Psalms were originally written. Each devotion ends with an authentic Jewish prayer that is currently used in our worship. I am hoping that the book helps readers to not only understand David and his Psalms, but the Jewish liturgy and traditions inspired by them.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? During the writing of this book, my younger brother passed away suddenly and I suffered a heart attack. Focusing on the Psalms helped give me strength and faith to seek God and Torah during these difficult times. I looked to David for inspiration.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am a big fan of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I am also inspired by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Elie Wiesel.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope this book will bring people closer to the God of David.