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Interpreting the Psalms: Issues And Approaches [Paperback]

By David G. Firth (Editor) & Philip S. Johnston (Editor)
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Pages   345
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.34" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.26 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828338  
EAN  9780830828333  


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Scholarly study of the Psalms is in the midst of a sea change. A generation ago, the dominant tendency was to study individual psalms in relation to their literary forms and cultural functions. However, in recent years, studies have increasingly emphasized Hebrew poetry, the structure of the entire Psalter and its development from earlier collections to a unified book. In exploring these and other facts, this volume aims to bridge the gap between general introductions to the study of the Psalms and specialized literature. Written by members and guests of the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Study Group, it offers the insights of internationally recognized Old Testament scholars into the world of the Psalms. This volume will be a treasure to both students and scholars alike.

Publishers Description
The book of Psalms has been precious to countless people in many languages and countries over many centuries. It has expressed their hopes and fears, inspired their faith, and renewed their trust in God. Through the Psalms, the spiritual insight and religious heritage of ancient Israel have had a profound and lasting impact on the human race. The book of Psalms is also of great interest to biblical scholars, and scholarly study of the Psalms is in the midst of a sea change. A generation ago, the dominant tendency was to study individual psalms in relation to their literary forms and cultural functions. However, in recent years, studies have increasingly emphasized Hebrew poetry, the structure of the entire Psalter, and its development from earlier collections to a unified canonical book. In exploring these and other facets, this volume aims to bridge the gap between general introductions to the study of the Psalms and specialized literature. Written by members and guests of the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Study Group, it offers the insights of internationally recognized Old Testament scholars into the world of the Psalms.This volume will be a treasure to both students and scholars alike.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philip S. Johnston is director of studies in theology and religious studies and senior tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He has taught at Belfast, St. Andrews and Oxford. He has published studies of Israelite afterlife beliefs, and has an interest in Israel past and present--along with a commitment to reconciliation. His other books includeLes Psaumes, Interpreting the Psalms (coeditor with David Firth), Shades of Sheol and The Land of Promise (coeditor with Peter Walker).

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Excellent Synopsis of Current Psalms Scholarship!!!  Jul 21, 2007
This outstanding edited volume published by IVP Academic summarizes and interacts with the most recent advancements in scholarly study of the Hebrew Psalter, setting a trajectory for future avenues of exploration. Each chapter is written by a different Evangelical OT scholar and addresses one of the broader topics addressed by the Psalter. These topics include, the relationship of the Psalter to its broader Ancient Near Eastern context, recurring themes in the Psalter, and various interpretative approaches. This book addresses structural, linguistic and textual matters that presuppose a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, a feature that may hinder laypeople from gleaning its benefits. Nevertheless, it is that same feature that also makes this volume an excellent choice as the primary textbook for a graduate exegesis course on the Psalms. Copious footnotes are given in each chapter to facilitate further study as well. This is neither light reading, nor is it meant to serve devotional purposes. It is, however, a profitable read for those wishing to study the Psalms on a more academic and scholarly level. It will certainly motivate those who read it to study the Psalms in greater depth as well as to interpret them more correctly. Highly recommended for academically-trained pastors and scholars!!!
 
From the publisher's website  Feb 18, 2006
About the Book
The book of Psalms has been precious to countless people in many languages and countries over many centuries. It has expressed their hopes and fears, inspired their faith, and renewed their trust in God. Through the Psalms, the spiritual insight and religious heritage of ancient Israel have had a profound and lasting impact on the human race.

The book of Psalms is also of great interest to biblical scholars, and scholarly study of the Psalms is in the midst of a sea change. A generation ago, the dominant tendency was to study individual psalms in relation to their literary forms and cultural functions. However, in recent years, studies have increasingly emphasized Hebrew poetry, the structure of the entire Psalter, and its development from earlier collections to a unified canonical book.

In exploring these and other facets, this volume aims to bridge the gap between general introductions to the study of the Psalms and specialized literature. Written by members and guests of the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Study Group, it offers the insights of internationally recognized Old Testament scholars into the world of the Psalms.This volume will be a treasure to both students and scholars alike.


Table of Contents
Contributors
Abbreviations

Introduction
A. Psalms Interpretation in Context
1. The Psalms and Current Study
2. The Psalms and Ancient Near Eastern Prayer Genres

B. The Psalms and Key Themes
3. The Psalms and Distress
4. The Psalms and Praise
5. The Psalms and the King
6. The Psalms and the Cult
7. The Psalms and Cult Symbolism: The Case of the Cherubim-Ark

C. The Psalms and Interpretation Issues
8. The Teaching of the Psalms
9. The Ethics of the Psalms
10. Body Idioms and the Psalms
11, Torah-Meditation and the Psalms: The Invitation of Psalm 1

D. The Psalms and Interpretative Traditions
12. The Structure of the Psalter
13. Qumran and the Psalms
14. The Evangelists and the Psalms
15. The Targum of Psalms

Appendices
1. Index of Form-Critical Categorizations
2. Index of Selective Psalm Commentaries
Bibliography
 

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