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Interpreting the Psalms Issues and Approaches

ISBN-10: 0830828338

ISBN-13: 9780830828333

Edition: 2006

Authors: Firth David, Philip S. Johnston

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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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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 1/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Paul D. Molnar (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of systematic theology at St. John's University in Queens, New York. He is the author of Incarnation and Resurrection, Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity, Karl Barth and the Theology of the Lord's Supper and Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity, and has been published in numerous journals including the Scottish Journal of Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology and Modern Theology. Molnar is general editor of the Peter Lang Series: Issues in Systematic Theology, editor of the Karl Barth Society of North America Newsletter, membership secretary of the Barth Society and a current board member of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. He has also served as consulting editor for The Dictionary of Historical Theology and the Scottish Journal of Theology.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 include Les Psaumes, Interpreting the Psalms (coeditor with David Firth), Shades of Sheol and The Land of Promise (coeditor with Peter Walker).

Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
Psalms Interpretation in Context
The Psalms and Current Study
The Psalms and Ancient Near Eastern Prayer Genres
The Psalms and Key Themes
The Psalms and Distress
The Psalms and Praise
The Psalms and the King
The Psalms and the Cult
The Psalms and Cult Symbolism: The Case of the Cherubim-Ark
The Psalms and Interpretation Issues
The Teaching of the Psalms
The Ethics of the Psalms
Body Idioms and the Psalms
Torah-Meditation and the Psalms: The Invitation of Psalm 1
The Psalms and Interpretative Traditions
The Structure of the Psalter
Qumran and the Psalms
The Evangelists and the Psalms
The Targum of Psalms
Appendices
Index of Form-Critical Categorizations
Index of Selective Psalm Commentaries
Bibliography