The Lord Reigns: A Theological Handbook to the Psalms / Edition 1

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Overview

James Mays convincingly argues that the declaration "The Lord reigns" is not only a statement of faith but a statement of a particular worldview: that is, there is a God, and all of reality can be understood only in terms of God and God's sovereignty. By addressing the importance of the language associated with the reign of God as expressed in the Psalms, The Lord Reigns offers a way to better understand the relationship between God and creation.

Mays convincingly argues that the declaration "The Lord reigns" is not only a statement of faith but a statement of a particular worldview: that is, there is a God, and all of reality can be understood only in terms of God and God's sovereignty. By addressing the importance of the language associated with the reign of God as expressed in the Psalms, this book offers a way to better understand the relationship between God and creation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255589
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Interpretation Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


James Luther Mays is Cyrus M. McCormick Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He was the general editor of the best-selling Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching series, and is author of many books, including Psalms in the Interpretation series and The Lord Reigns: A Theological Handbook to the Psalms.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 The Liturgy of the Kingdom of God 1
1 With These Words: The Language World of the Psalms 3
2 The Center of the Psalms: "The Lord Reigns" as Root Metaphor 12
Pt. 2 Prayers of Need, Gratitude, and Trust 23
3 Reading the Prayers in the Psalter: A Theological Approach 25
4 Means of Grace: The Benefits of Psalmic Prayer 40
5 A Question of Identity: The Threefold Hermeneutics of Psalmody 46
6 Hear Me, Help Me: An Interpretation of Psalm 13 55
Pt. 3 The Praise of the Lord 59
7 Praise Is Fitting: The Psalms as Instruction in Praise 61
8 Worship, World, and Power: An Interpretation of Psalm 100 72
Pt. 4 David as Psalmist and Messiah 85
9 The David of the Psalms 87
10 "In a Vision": The Portrayal of the Messiah in the Psalms 99
11 "You Are My Son": An Interpretation of Psalm 2 108
Pt. 5 The Psalms as Book and Scripture 117
12 Going by the Book: The Psalter as a Guide to Reading Psalms 119
13 The Place of the Torah Psalms in the Psalter 128
14 Psalm 118 in the Light of Canonical Analysis 136
Notes 147
Bibliographical Postscript 155
Index of Passages Discussed 159
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