Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction

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Though the Psalms are perhaps the most familiar portion of the Hebrew Bible, they are also among the most difficult to interpret. This guide helps readers study and interpret the Psalms.

Bullock begins by exploring the nature, structure, and authorship of the Psalter. He examines the use of Psalms in worship, shows how psalmists used historical reflection to serve their theological purposes, and investigates different types of psalms. The book includes chapter objectives and outlines, sidebars, charts, and illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027956
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 168,004
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Hassell Bullock (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books and coeditor of The Literature and Meaning of Scripture.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 11
Publisher's Preface 12
To the Student 14
Author's Preface 15
Abbreviations 17
Pt. 1 Encountering the Literary and Hermeneutical Dimensions of the Psalms
1 "Begin the Music": Introducing the Psalms 21
2 Listening to the Symphony of Praise: Interpreting the Psalms 35
3 The Seams of the Garment of Praise: The Structure of the Book 57
Pt. 2 Encountering the Psalms as Worship and Historical Reflection
4 The Psalms in Worship and Faith 85
5 Encountering Theology and History in the Psalms 99
Pt. 3 Encountering the Psalms as Literary and Theological Types
6 "Praise the Lord, O My Soul; All My Inmost Being, Praise His Holy Name": The Psalms of Praise 121
7 "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" Psalms of Lament 135
8 "I Love the Lord, for He Heard My Voice; He Heard My Cry for Mercy": Psalms of Thanksgiving 151
9 "The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want": Psalms of Trust 165
10 "You Are My Son; Today I Have Become Your Father": Psalms of the Earthly King 177
11 "The Lord Reigns": Psalms of the Heavenly King 187
12 "My Mouth Will Speak Words of Widsom": The Wisdom Psalms 199
13 "The Law of the Lord Is Perfect, Reviving the Soul": The Psalms of Torah 213
14 "May They Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life": The Imprecatory Psalms 227
Notes 239
Select Bibliography of the Psalms 245
Glossary 249
Subject Index 253
Scripture Index 257
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