My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

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Episode 36: My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
Shon Hopkin
July 2021

My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Over the years, that spiritual cry has been felt internally and uttered verbally by many believers in their most pressing trials, including by Jesus upon the cross.  But does it mean what we think? BYU religion professor Shon Hopkin has published on the background and significance of that phrase. In this episode he analyzes and applies Messianic verses from its origin in Psalm 22, strengthening our hope in our trials through Christ’s suffering and redemptive triumph. 


‘My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?’: Psalm 22 and the Mission of Christ” (BYU Studies, 2013)

The Psalm 22:16 Controversy: New Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls” (BYU Studies, 2005)

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