Psalms 90, 91 and 92 as a means of coping with trauma and adversity

Jennifer E. Brown, Joanna Collicutt

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    Abstract

    Psychology has an interest in the ways in which religion can aid coping with life’s adverse events, as most, perhaps all, individuals will face trauma or adversity at some point in life. The COVID19 pandemic has created adversity for individuals and societies globally and has for many been the cause of traumatic events. Religious coping in the face of crisis is not merely a contemporary phenomenon. This paper argues that several religious coping mechanisms can be found within the texts of Psalms 90, 91 and 92 of the Hebrew Bible. These psalms may represent a community’s attempt to cope with the aftermath of a society-wide traumatic event, such as the 6th Century BCE Exile to Babylon. This paper reads these psalms through the lens of coping theory, explores how a traumatic event may have influenced their composition, and considers ways in which they might be used in pastoral situations today.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)276-287
    Number of pages12
    JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    Early online date1 Feb 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2022

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    Keywords

    • Psalms 90 91 92
    • psychology and the Bible
    • Religious coping
    • trauma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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