Psalms And Life Of Faith

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Walter Brueggemann's unique gift of joining historical-exegetical insights to penetrating observations about the traumas and joys of contemporary life—both personal and social—is here forcefully displayed. Everyone who is familiar with his work knows the power of his speech about "doxological, polemical, political, subversive, evangelical faith: and about the ways such faith is enacted in the praise of ancient Israel and in the church.

Readers of this book will find fresh insight into:

the Psalms as prayer and praise

the categories of the Psalms

the social context in which psalms were prayed and sung

the theology of the Psalms

the dialogical character of the Psalms

justice and injustice in the Psalms

the study and "use" of the Psalms by the church

praise as an act of basic trust and abandonment

the impossible wonders of God's activity that overturn conventional ways of thinking and acting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800627331
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,064,412
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Psalms and the Life of Faith: A Suggested Typology of Function 3
2 The Psalms as Prayer 33
3 From Hurt to Joy, from Death to Life 67
4 The Formfulness of Grief 84
5 The Costly Loss of Lament 98
6 Praise and the Psalms: A Politics of Glad Abandonment 112
7 Prayer as an Act of Daring Dance: Four Biblical Examples 135
8 Covenanting as Human Vocation: The Relation of the Bible and Pastoral Care 150
9 "Impossibility" and Epistemology in the Faith Tradition of Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 18:1-15) 167
10 Bounded by Obedience and Praise: The Psalms as Canon 189
11 Psalms 9-10: A Counter to Conventional Social Reality 217
12 Psalm 37: Conflict of Interpretation 235
13 Psalm 77: The Turn from Self to God 258
14 Psalm 109: Steadfast Love as Social Solidarity 268
Credits 283
Scripture Index 285
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